Clara Sheets '06
What is your current job?
I'm a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York.
Why did you choose this profession?
After I graduated from business school, I wanted to learn more about business across a variety of industries and to focus on problem solving. As a management consultant you advise the management of large companies helping them answer questions about their business or solve their problems. I have worked on many different projects, from helping a technology company understand how its products and services contribute to global job growth, to evaluating a government regulation and its impacts on businesses, to reorganizing a Pharmaceutical from a regional to global model. It has been a great way to learn about business issues and industries through real life experience.
What more do you wish to accomplish in your professional career?
In the long term I hope to return to policy making and financial regulation. I have found policy making to be more personally rewarding and impactful than private sector work. However, I think that having private sector experience is critical to making sound regulation. Time in the private sector has given me a better understanding of company incentive structures and how regulation will actually be implemented.
Tell us about a decision or change you made that turned out to be a positive career move.
A year after graduating from Haverford, I chose to leave my job in financial services and return to a more academic role as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. I wanted to explore the possibility of pursuing a PhD in Economics and understand the job by working with real economists. I was at the Fed when the financial crisis started in 2007 and spent the majority of my time focusing on policy issues instead of research. While the nature of my work was different from what I intended when I took the job, I realized that I was more passionate about policy than research and I chose to redirect my career.
How has Haverford influenced your professional career?
As a liberal arts college Haverford encouraged me to explore a variety of academic disciplines and majors. I discovered I liked learning about a breadth of things and that specialization is not necessary to find success. I continue to focus on breadth as I have pursued a career with a generalist focus and a graduate degree that is applicable to many fields.