Often times when discussing my career with friends and family, I am asked, “What exactly do you do every day?” Many expect me to talk about a recurring month-end closing process or the rigors of tax season and are surprised to hear that my job duties are far from cyclical. I like to joke that in the 3 years I’ve been in this line of work I have rarely done anything twice…but it’s more of a funny truth than a joke.
As I said in my “5 Things You Didn’t Know About GBQ’s Forensic and Dispute Advisory Team” blog post, GBQ’s team of professionals wears many hats when helping our clients navigate their business needs. Having a diverse set of clients, a varying set of engagements, and a task list a mile wide within those engagements can make for a rather eventful work week. Among other tasks, typical duties can include:
- Conducting company and market research;
- Reading and summarizing depositions;
- Constructing damages calculations in Excel;
- Modeling valuation exhibits;
- Drafting expert reports;
- Preparing demonstratives for trial, and;
- Corresponding and meeting with counsel.
Like most fast-paced jobs, proper time management and organization skills are required to juggle the various project assignments. There have been times when I was in a morning meeting assisting counsel and our client determine the financial viability of a settlement offer and then spent the afternoon on-site at a factory learning the operations of a business we are valuing.
The variability in daily tasks and the unpredictable nature of my schedule keeps me on my toes and always engaged, which is one of the main reasons I love what I do. And while I can’t give a simple 10 second answer to the “what do you do” question, I take pride in the flexibility and can-do attitude our entire department provides clients.
How do you answer the question, “what exactly do you do all day?” Share what makes you excited about coming to work in the comment box below.