Mentors

Mentors

Discovering mentorship at CRA

Hi everyone! I’m an analyst in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice based in Chicago. I started in August of 2016 after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. Navigating a new job and post-graduation life has been a wonderful whirlwind thus far. I’m here to share a bit about my experience onboarding at CRA and the mentorship culture in my practice and office. Read more >

Perspective on the culture of the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice

If there is one aspect of the culture at CRA that is heavily emphasized, it is the atmosphere of teaching and learning. You are not only invited, but encouraged to ask questions of both your peers and your managers. When you first begin, you are given an onboarding buddy who is your designated mentor, but that does not mean that he or she is the only resource you have. In my first few months here, I asked questions of almost everyone, and I was amazed at the positive response I received. Read more >

Mentorship and practice culture

Mentorship comes in many different forms, from many different people. It may be another analyst helping you write something in Stata, a consulting associate sharing his or her experiences and advice about career progression, or a principal or VP describing economic analysis or how to work with different clients. Mentorship is incredibly important for personal growth and career progression, but don’t forsake true relationships and connections by getting swept up in doing what you think you’re “supposed to do.” Read more >

Skills gained as an analyst

I began as an analyst at CRA in August 2016. At that point I had taken two college courses that taught me how to use Stata, had an internship where I frequently used Stata, and completed a senior thesis wherein I relied on, you guessed it, Stata. It is perhaps surprising, then, that the skill I feel I’ve developed most since beginning full-time at CRA is working with Stata. Read more >

What skills will you learn in your first year as an analyst

I visited my alma mater recently and an old friend, still in school, asked me what I did on the outside. I told him. He replied that I shared a lot of buzzwords. While we can debate whether or not that was true (it wasn’t, and since I am the one writing, you are only going to hear my side), sometimes buzzwords can seem like the only way to communicate—in your first year at CRA, you dive into an ocean of new responsibilities with a whole new vocabulary, and in that first year, you learn an entirely new set of skills to swim in it. Read more >

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