15 May 2023
Hello there! My name is Emma, and I’m a consultant and researcher at Oxford Insights.
Unlike most of my colleagues, I’m based in northeast Scotland, making me the most remote employee in our team. Although I miss out on some in-person interactions, I’m grateful for the opportunity to live over 500 miles from London while still being able to do what I love.
My day usually starts at 9am with checking emails and figuring out what’s on my plate for the day. I often have a 9:30am standup meeting with my project team to discuss what we’re working on. Right now, I’m working on a project for the UK government that involves coordinating with other teams of consultants, so there’s quite a bit to manage. My main tasks on this project involve interviewing experts on the topic, which means I spend my day finding and contacting people to interview, hoping they respond, and actually getting to interview them if they do! Luckily, there are four of us from Oxford Insights working together on this project, so we can divide up the work when one of us gets too busy.
Apart from conducting interviews, I might spend my day researching policy documents or looking for quantitative data to support our findings. All of this information will eventually be compiled into a report for the client. In addition to client work, I might spend some time working on internal projects, such as searching for new projects for us to bid on or writing blog posts like this one. I appreciate the fact that everyone at Oxford Insights is always willing to lend a helping hand, regardless of whether we’re working on the same project.