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What was your background prior to joining Axis?

I’ve been in consulting in some way, shape or form for my entire professional career. I’ve worked for large and niche management consulting firms as well as internal business transformation teams throughout South Africa and the United Kingdom. I’ve got a degree in industrial engineering and I try to use the core principles in every consulting engagement I land in.

What is a typical day at Axis like?

One of the best things about consulting is that a “typical day” is incredibly untypical. Client projects vary, so the days spent on those vary dramatically. Similarly, when not on a client site, the work in the office is continuously changing depending on clients we are looking to support, internal improvement opportunities or creating new content to share with the market.

What is your favourite part about working as a consultant / at Axis?

As a consultant, new projects can often mean new and diverse roles. These changing roles allow for opportunities to try new ideas and use new technologies and methodologies that you probably wouldn’t have been able to try in an “industry” job.

If a new role is a great match for you, you are able to build up your skill set and look for new opportunities to use those skills. If a project role is not a match, you can complete the project and know that it was not for you when looking at the next role.

What is the most useful career advice you have received to date?

There are two conversations that stick out in my memory. They are paraphrased as:

  • You can’t do everything every day. Focus on the 1-3 things you can do per day and get those done.
  • Urgent is not the same as important.
Outside of work how do you spend your free time?

I enjoy going to watch live music and reading heroic quantities of sci-fi and fantasy novels.