Joana Pelicano Santos

MSc Public Policy and Administration, 2013
Senior Consultant - Strategy,  EY

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

The School's global reputation, international exposure and ability to mix various subjects of interest.

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

I met some fantastic people and the degree equipped me with skills and a way of thinking which has proved to be immensely useful in strategy consulting.

What is your current job? 

I work as a Strategy Consultant in EY's Energy Advisory practice, helping clients with their growth and market entry ambitions in the UK and wider EMEIA.

Where have you worked prior to EY?

Before joining EY, I worked in operations for an investment bank, as a policy caseworker for the UK Parliament and as a human rights adviser to an agency in Africa.

Why did you choose your current job?

Given my background in economics and government, I was keen to continue down the policy stream. However, I was also interested in getting exposure to a wide variety of markets whilst developing core strategic and problem solving skills, and hence consulting was a natural fit.

What does your current job involve?

As part of my current job, I advise clients on a number of strategic issues pertaining to growth, market entry and policy. I am based in London, but have worked with clients in the Netherlands, Cyprus, the U.S., Scotland and Angola. My clients span mainly oil and gas companies and governmental institutions. I work on a project-by-project basis and as such there is no such thing as a "typical" day - every day is different to the previous one. Broadly, my responsibilities include the delivery and support in scoping of Energy Strategy engagements, with managerial and quality and risk management responsibilities. Necessary skills to be a successful Strategy Consultant include problem solving skills, critical and "big picture" thinking, and initiative.

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

As a student at LSE, one of the greatest advantages you have is your network. Chances are, at least a few people you are friends with or know via the societies you belong to or your standard Wednesday night drinks at the Tuns are bound to have some form of experience in consulting. I would encourage you to reach out to them to get a realistic feel for what you do in consulting and how it fits with your career ambitions. I would also think about attending the "taster" days or leadership courses consultancy firms tend to offer - these provide a great way of understanding a bit more about the profession and about the firm as a whole, so you can make a more informed decision; you should be able to find some of these via the LSE CareerHub webpage.

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