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Associate Project Analyst Career Profile— Female, age 28 (ID #4679)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a n Associate Project Analyst do?

  What field is your job in?

Market Research

  What is your job title?

Associate Project Analyst

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

We are a relatively large company. I'm not sure of the number of employees, but have offices worldwide, and employ at least a thousand or more employees. We conduct both online and telephone surveys with both businesses and residences.

  How long have you been employed in this position?

4 years

  How many hours do you work a week on average?


  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

In my current position, I am responsible for reviewing and maintaining details on telephone and web surveys. I ensure that the data being provided to our clients is collected in accordance with each project’s specifications. I work as a liaison between the call center and research and programming teams and provide updates and reports across the board to track progress and overall financial impact of each project. I work with Microsoft Excel, Work, and Outlook on a daily basis and am extremely competent in using these tools. I frequently also make use of Power Point and Access Databases. This position also requires much multi-tasking ability and the need to prioritize and solve problems alone as well as with the team. Additionally, I share in the process of reviewing and approving or adjusting project budgets prior to the sale of the project.

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

6 weeks paid time off, which covers both sick and vacation, dental and vision insurance, 401K

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?


2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

I do need to work with others on a daily basis. I don't particularly like or dislike this aspect. It's good to have the socialization with others, but it is occassionally frusterating when we disagree. It's also challenging that nearly everyone comes to me for answers.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

I work in an office, for the most part. I like that I have my own space, but dislike that there's often no reason for me to be there, I can do the same work at home.

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 1 Income
  • 7 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 6 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 4 Benefits
  • 5 Hours
  • 3 Level of responsibility
  • 2 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

I had to start at the bottom and work my way up. I do not have a degree, but it would have been much easier to achieve this position if I did have some sort of formal education in Project Management or Business.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

You must be extremely organized because I manage multiple projects at the same time. At any given time, I need to quickly be able to identify the status of each. You also must have a relatively high level of technical skills because the vast majority of my work is spreadsheet based. About 90% of my work is done on the computer, the other 10% is verbal communication. You also must have very good communication skills, as I communicate problems, solutions, and even successes to multiple levels of the organization, and need to come across as clear, concise, and professional.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

No. I think that you could be successful in this position if you are a quick learner, technologically capable, and have good communication skills.

  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

You will make mistakes. As long as you own up to them, and learn from them, you can be a success.

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