Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development at Every Career Stage

CRA's Learning & Professional Development framework is focused on providing clarity around expectations and advancement, delivering meaningful feedback, and focusing on individual development needs. CRA offers Core training programs that are designed to strengthen fundamental skills through each stage of your career:  Research and Analysis, Project Management and Business Development.  Additionally, CRA offers timely and relevant hard and soft skill training to round out a professional portfolio. Read more >

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 >

Skills gained at CRA

The greatest knowledge I have gained from my position at CRA is related to my practice, Antitrust & Competition Economics. Before coming to CRA, I had never studied economics in any formal capacity.  Now, every part of my work on a project teaches me something new. At the beginning of each new case, I learn about the industry and the client’s role in that industry. If the case is a merger, I study where possible antitrust issues lie and what sort of data we need to better understand the market. 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 >

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