Adam, Research Consultant, Glasgow Office
Consultancy provides a platform for variety, and I enjoy interacting with different people and getting involved in a diverse range of projects. This could be as a means to finding out about ongoing local and national initiatives on the client side, or to learning about new experiences and trends by way of undertaking research. Through consultancy, and particularly consultancy with a significant research element, I am able to do exactly that on a daily basis.
Coming into the role, I was mostly interested in the social side of economic development – for instance, the prospective social impacts of economic opportunities and developments on local communities and their relevance to national strategies. This still intrigues me greatly, however as I have been introduced to areas of economic development more unfamiliar to me, I have developed an interest in market analyses and impact assessments. For instance, I have worked with colleagues to develop overviews and economic baselines of planned development projects throughout Scotland intended to enhance local economic opportunities and encourage growth.
In a more general sense, the part of consultancy that I enjoy most is the variability in what I get to do on a day-to-day (and sometimes hour-to-hour) basis. During my time at ekosgen, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a wide range of research projects for a variety of different clients, including local authorities, higher education providers, national bodies, and the Scottish Government. Every day presents a new challenge and this means I am constantly learning and developing in an intellectually stimulating environment.
I am now approaching my sixth month working at ekosgen, and even in a relatively short space of time have been involved in a number of projects across various different sectors. These have included an evaluation of an existing business development programme, the creation of an evidence base around the digital skills sector across Scotland, and a review of the opportunities and challenges posed by the Scottish cruise tourism industry.
I interned for a year at the SCQF Partnership – the organisation which manages and promotes Scotland’s national qualifications framework – before joining ekosgen, where I was able to put into practice the skills I had learned at university in a research-based work environment for the first time. I developed my interest in research at the University of Glasgow where I studied Geography at undergraduate level and then Human Geography as a postgraduate.