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Daniel Washington Consultancy Internship In I/O Psychology 8/25/2019 Beacon Fellowship Reflection Paper Now that my one month internship with the Beacon Fellowship has finished, I want to take this time to reflect on my consulting experience in DC. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to work as part of a team under the supervision of a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Project Lead who acted as our mentor and was heavily invested in our professional and leadership development. Because of Beacon, I now have a greater understanding of the consulting world and an even stronger passion for consulting. The experiential learning that took place in my internship not only helped me apply the theoretical knowledge of organizational development that I have acquired from my graduate education, but working with a client as part of a team in identifying an organizational challenge within her company and being able to streamline an intervention proposal has given me direct insider knowledge of the client's company, in terms of what it offers and what the client's long-term business vision is. Having that kind of valuable information made it possible for my team and I to see what the client's strengths and weaknesses are, what she does well in how she markets her company, and what she can do better to capitalize on her strengths and solidify her professional campaign. Furthermore, working with a diverse group of people with diverse skill sets was also valuable in and of itself because it helped me examine my strengths, what I can offer to the table, and what I can learn from others. Because of Beacon, I also have a greater understanding of the
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value of teamwork in consulting. From my perspective, teamwork is important for three major reasons: First, it can foster positive interactions and collaboration with teammates. Second, it boosts productivity because being on the same page as your client means that you can achieve common goals and objectives within a set time frame. Lastly, it makes you better equipped in working with many different personalities and professionals of a variety of titles and leadership positions. Knowing how to navigate through different ideas and opinions is essential for
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