In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.
40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Alex’s journey to supporting Generation. Generation supports disadvantaged young people to build thriving, sustainable careers and to provide employers with the highly-skilled, motivated talent they need to improve business outcomes.
Where did you start your career/where are you going?
I started my career on the Commercial graduate scheme at Diageo where I ended up running the Amazon UK and Ocado accounts. Completing the data analysis around trading with Amazon fuelled my desire to move into consultancy, and I made the move to PatelMiller, a retail and consumer boutique. I subsequently worked with a client within the food and beverage industry on a major transformation programme. I was ultimately hired by the client to lead the global implementation which was progressing well until the unfortunate events of the past few months…
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
When I was furloughed I wanted to put my time and skills to good use and this was the perfect opportunity for me.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
Generation is a global employability charity founded by McKinsey & Company. We provide training and job opportunities to underrepresented young people, whilst providing employers with diverse and high-quality talent, including in a range of tech areas. Having successfully established the Amazon AWS Re-start (cloud) programme, Generation is branching out to run a data engineering programme with cohorts in London, Manchester and Birmingham. I have been working to strategise the most effective way to engage potential employers of our data engineering graduates, building on the great work already done by Generation’s partnership team. I have loved working in a team where the sense of purpose for what you are doing is evident in every interaction you have.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
Unfortunately, I have been served my notice as I was in my probation period at SSP. However, it has allowed me to have this amazing experience with Generation and also sharpen up my golf game!
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
Definitely browsing jobs as I search for my next role! I’ve also been getting more into cooking. I already found it to be a good switch off, but I’m now giving it even more care and attention than before.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
Hopefully being able to go on holiday. Firstly, to Spain with my friends where I’m hoping the golf practise will have come in useful, and then somewhere nice with my girlfriend who has been working hard throughout lockdown!
Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon
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