June 19, 2019
Employee Spotlight: Michelle Cain – Senior Consultant
Welcome to another edition of our Employee Spotlight Blog. Today we’re excited to share Michelle Cain’s story. As a Senior Consultant on our Risk & Compliance Team, she’s had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients. We sat down with Michelle to learn more about why she loves her role and the challenges that arise. Check out Michelle’s tips for new consultants, and her secret hidden talent in today’s blog.
Getting to Know Michelle Cain
Name: Michelle Cain
Title: Senior Consultant
Department/Practice Area: Risk
Time at Bridgepoint (years or months): 4 years this August 2019
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education and Certifications: University of Texas-PPA program (Masters in Accounting)
What is your role at Bridgepoint?
I’m a Senior Consultant on Bridgepoint’s Risk & Compliance Team.
How did you decide upon a career in consulting? And what attracted you to Bridgepoint?
I was drawn to the prioritization Bridgepoint places on work/life balance. With a toddler and, at the time pregnant with our second daughter, it was important that I find a workplace that truly valued flexibility.
What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
I really enjoy the flexibility, as well as the variety of work I get to do here at Bridgepoint. It’s very fulfilling to be able to work with different clients across many different industries. This diversity helps to keep the role interesting and engaging.
What is the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is the close of a project. We spend a lot of time building relationships with our clients, so after a project has wrapped and the clients no longer need our services, communication becomes less frequent. This can be a challenge because of the relationships built. Communicating expectations across companies and teams can also be a challenge. For example, our clients often hire external audit teams, which means you’re communicating not only with the client but also the third party vendor they hired.
What advice do you have for new consultants who want to grow their career at Bridgepoint?
As I mentioned, it can be difficult to juggle the different expectations within a project. Therefore, it’s important to know how to set and manage those expectations for everyone involved. To do this, good communication is key with both the clients, as well as your co-workers.
What gets you excited about going to work each day?
I really love the people I work with! The Risk Team has a very collaborative environment, which is driven by open communication and team support.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family. If that doesn’t completely wear me out, I’ll also try to prioritize fitness activities such as running or attending a Camp Gladiator session or two.
What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list?
My husband and I have talked about traveling around the United States to compete in Tough Mudders, or similar obstacle courses. The longer we wait and the older I get, the crazier this bucket list item seems.
What is one fun fact that would surprise people?
I think people would be surprised to learn that I can do a very realistic impersonation of a dolphin. I actually discovered this hidden talent during my high school years.
If you could provide a few words of advice and encouragement to someone looking to go into the field of consulting, what would you say?
Be flexible. You don’t always know where you’re going to be on a certain day, so learn to live with the uncertainty and use it to your advantage.
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