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A Real Person’s Profile: A Technical Architect in IT Consulting Company Part (3)

A Day in the Life

  • 5:30 a.m. Monday morning I’m heading to the Pittsburgh International Airport to catch my 7:30 a.m. flight to Chicago Midway. I eat my breakfast in the car, catch up on the news from NPR, and start planning for the week ahead.
  • 7:30 a.m. Flying to Chicago. Quick power nap. Thanks to the time zones I arrive at 7:30 a.m. Central Time, no time lost!
  • 8:15 a.m. Catch the CTA Orange Line train to downtown Chicago. I start sending emails via BlackBerry.
  • 8:45 a.m. I’m at the client’s office. They’re a large nonprofit professional association. We have been working with them to find ways of using social networking technology to engage their membership. I have a quick check-in with my consulting team and prepare for a 9:00 a.m. status meeting with the client’s enterprise architect.
  • 9:00 a.m. Standing meeting with client to discuss the activities for the week ahead and address any outstanding items from the week prior. We talk about concerns with third-party vendors.
  • 10:00 a.m. I work through the morning to develop an initial draft of a presentation on thirdparty vendors.
  • 11:30 a.m. The partner who is leading our project meets with me to review the evaluation criteria and gives me some feedback about the presentation materials I’ve done. Whew, not too many changes needed.
  • 12:00 p.m. I step out for lunch with my teammates and compare our weekends.
  • 1:00 p.m. After incorporating my colleagues’ feedback on my approach and evaluation criteria, I now need to develop the PowerPoint deck that will be used to present my materials to the client.
  • 3:30 p.m. I’ve developed a storyboard for my masterpiece and can now begin piecing it all together.
  • 6:00 p.m. The deck is complete and all I need to do now is craft the email to my client and send it off for review in the morning.

7:00 p.m. More often than not, a few of my colleagues and I will try to catch dinner together after work. Since it’s a Monday, I would prefer just to check into the hotel and catch up on some much-needed sleep!

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