Employee Spotlight – Agha Nkama

Q. How did you find your way to consulting and AArete?

I studied Bio Chemistry and Cellular Biology at Rice University with my parents’ expectation that I would be pre-med. Much to their initial disappointment, I decided to pivot and pursue a Professional Science Masters in Bioscience and Health Policy. I was interested in a career in healthcare consulting early on. I wanted variety and the experience of working on multiple projects with opportunity to travel. I applied to AArete and they reached out the same day!

Q. Do you have a project that you are particularly proud of?

I had the opportunity to work on one of AArete’s first pharmacy focused engagements. I started on it when it first kicked off and later got to return to it in a more senior position. The engagement continued for about two years and was highly successful. We developed solutions for our client using a variety of resources within the company, such as our Center of Data Excellence (CODE) team and trusted Subject Matter Experts. It was exciting to implement all AArete-developed initiatives.

Q. Are you involved in any AArete social clubs?

I am active with AAreaching Out, AArete’s internal volunteer group. One of my favorite volunteer moments was leading a resume writing workshop with Chicago high school students as part of the After School Matters program.

Q. Do you have your own mentor at AArete?

I have established a group of mentors at AArete with whom I meet consistently. Each one has given me valuable perspective based on their own business approaches. They are very thoughtful and unique in how they handle business challenges. I have learned valuable communication skills and the ability to communicate ideas upward. Having a team of mentors means I can gain diverse knowledge and take something meaningful from each one.

Q. What advice do you have for someone interested in a consulting career?

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Consulting tests a lot of skills that we don’t consider ourselves to be masters at, but we have to accept any insecurity we might have and jump right in. Doing this allows you to learn about yourself, grow new skills and establish yourself as an asset to any team.

Q. Upon adapting to the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic, what remote-working strategies have you found to be the most successful?

I have found it very impactful to video conference with people as much as possible. With my face-to-face interaction being limited to strangers at the grocery store, seeing familiar faces through video conferencing helps tremendously to feel connected and engaged. When working remotely, I make it a point to offer more frequent touchpoints with our clients to make sure they know they are the priority.