Patrick Girasole

MSc Political Economy of Europe, 2013
Analyst, Sendero Consulting

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

I chose LSE for its unmatched international student experience. As one of the leading universities in the world, and with an extraordinarily international student body, I found the experience incredibly rewarding and beneficial.

I wanted an international perspective and to learn the ability to think critically about multi-dimensional problems. LSE certainly lived up to my lofty expectations (and then some)!

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

LSE helped me prepare for my postgraduate professional experience in innumerable ways. The communication skills I developed during my course of study have been invaluable. I work with many international individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and having a strong communicative platform has helped me connect with these individuals beyond the boardroom.

LSE taught me to think critically and to express my opinions in a convincing manner. My field of study, Political Economy, translates surprisingly well to my role as an IT consultant. I must constantly weigh 'first-best' options on their merits with what is realistic to accomplish and make an informed decision on the best approach at hand, given a variety of competing circumstances.

Finally, LSE instilled a work ethic in my character that continues to pay dividends today, in submitting quality and critical work, to the benefit of my consulting projects.

How did your experience at LSE lead you to a career in consulting?

My studies at LSE directed me towards a career in consulting. Just as I assessed the merits of Europe's disparate individual economies, I now assess the merits of consulting projects and prospective solutions.

While it may seem unique to start studying Political Economy and end up as an IT Consultant, the same communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills which served me well in my postgraduate studies, have played a large role in my success as a consultant today.

Why did you choose your current job?

The challenge and rigor of different industries initially appealed to me. This keeps my job interesting and evolving. The single biggest rewarding aspect of my job is the ability to collaborate with teams on project-based work, where there are end products, deliverables, and defined success criteria which keep me motivated week to week.

After LSE, where did your career start?

I began working as an Associate Consultant for a local firm in Dallas, TX called Sendero. My first project was working as a Software Tester for a sand logistics software solution for a well completion services company in Fort Worth, TX. My next role was an expansion of my first - serving as a technical integration Business Analyst and later a Release Manager for a critical enterprise software with this same firm.

Less than two years later, I was promoted to Analyst Consultant. My second client is a large Electric Utility company in Dallas, TX. I helped to migrate this company off a shared data centre to a new independent data centre. Later, I was the Project Manager for all Data Management/Analytics projects for this same client. Most recently, I've taken a role with the same client to serve as a Workstream Lead on their largest IT project of the year, again serving in the Data Management/Analytics functional area.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

Start your job search early! Attend career fairs and meet with prospective employers as often as you can, while leveraging the school's immeasurable career resources. This will give you perspective, and help you decide what type of career you'd most like to pursue. Aside from this, these interactions offer great value as a platform to practice your skills in networking, communication, and landing that dream job post-studies.

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