Junior Staff

Junior Staff

Investigating a forensic associate

A question I’m often asked is “What do digital forensic investigators do?” As Google defines it, we “use forensic tools and investigative methods to hunt for files and information that have been hidden, deleted, or lost in a specific electronic media.” If I were to explain this in my own words, an investigator’s end goal is to find “dirt” on a piece of evidence provided. Read more >

Out of the classroom and into the office: Adjusting to life at CRA

Midterms, weekly assignments, group projects, and final exam season. I know the routine well. And after all those years, it surprisingly became a comfortable one. I started my journey at CRA over four months ago in the Washington, DC office. For someone who had only known university life, I didn’t have a clear idea of what the “real world” would bring – and how I would inevitability adjust. I had just graduated from Queen’s University in Canada and I was ready for the next step in my career. Read more >

An inside look at Intellectual Property

My name is Annie Gerspach, and I am an associate in the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in the Chicago office. I first learned of CRA through on-campus recruiting and networking during the fall of my junior year at the University of Notre Dame. After interviewing on campus, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for a summer internship in Chicago. The internship provided a thorough representation of what my role as an analyst would be. When extended an offer to join the firm full-time, I was thrilled to accept.  Read more >

How to be a great consultant

Starting your first job can be both exciting and daunting. While we can’t give you all the secrets about the consulting world – as many you’ll have to learn about while on the job – we can share some advice to help you become a great consultant. These tips were compiled by employees who joined CRA direct from school and know how it feels to be the newbie. 

Basic tips for success Read more >

Congratulations, you’re hired! Now what?

What to do between the offer and the first day

 

The offer letter swam in and out of focus. I had been staring at my laptop screen for the past hour, reading eleven pages of terms and conditions for the umpteenth time. I could only think of my grandmother’s famous Thanksgiving stuffing. The smell of it –  rich, slightly nutty, full of seasonings –  wafted under my nose. Finally, after careful deliberation, I followed my heart (and my stomach.) I hit “Send” and officially accepted an Analyst position at Charles River Associates. Read more >

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