Consultancy as a career: is it for you?

Workshop Outline:

This workshop will cover five topics from a geoscience consultancy perspective:

  1. Academia -v- Industry: What are the key differences in culture and operations?
  2. Business Skills: An overview of the “consultancy business model”, Project Management KPI’s, Profit Margins, Turnover Targets, Charge-out Rates etc.
  3. Technical Skills: Understanding the planning and environmental framework that drives the majority of consultancy work, keeping on top of updates and changes in regulations, continuous technical training and upskilling, data management and protection.
  4. People Skills: it is a people game at the end of the day – you work with colleagues at all management levels in your company. You will interact with the client and be the company’s representative. You will interact with other companies.
  5. Other Skills: Conveying complex technical concepts to non-technical and / or multi-disciplinary professionals, reporting, presentations, meetings.

Workshop Leaders

Eileen McCarthy

Eileen has 20 years’ experience in Geo-Environmental Consultancy in Ireland, and has been a company owner and director for 18 years, firstly with Minerex Environmental (8 years) and secondly with QMEC Environmental (10 years).
Eileen graduated with an Earth Science Degree in UCC in 1998 and completed a Masters in Hydrogeology in University College London (UCL) in 2001. Since 2017, Eileen has been undertaking PhD research in Peat Stability Risk Assessment with Industry Partners: Fehily Timoney & Co and SSE Renewables. This research is being undertaken under the Geohazards and Geo-Engineering Spoke in iCRAG.
Since 2012, Eileen has lectured in the disciplines of hydrogeology and engineering geology at UCC at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised a number of MSc theses in hydrogeology, geothermal and engineering geology. She has been involved in the set-up, technical design and inclusion of industry partners to the MSc Applied Environmental Geology at UCC (2017 to present).
At a business level, Eileen’s company QMEC continues to provide consultancy services to a number of clients, providing technical reviews and auditing services for wind farm construction projects.

Dr. Jennifer Craig

Dr Craig is responsible for all management and functions of iCRAG. Jennifer graduated with a BSc Hons in Chemistry from UCD in 1998 after which she completed a PhD in Bioelectrochemistry also in UCD. Following postdoctoral research in both UCD and DCU she took up the role of Project Manager of an SFI Strategic Research Cluster, the Applied Neurotherapeutics Research Group during which time she completed her MBA (2006) in the UCD Smurfit School of Business. Following this she made the move to Berand Neuropharmacology as CEO. Before joining iCRAG Jennifer worked as a life sciences consultant and also developed and managed the EU Research Office at UCD.