April 6, 2021
Employee Spotlight: Yasmin Thomas – Financial Operations Consultant
Our Employee Spotlight is here to help you better understand our people, culture, and what it’s like to work at Bridgepoint Consulting. We believe we have a great balance of challenging work and collaborative people that enables each of us to enjoy being part of #teambridgepoint thoroughly. Today’s featured Employee Spotlight is Yasmin Thomas, a Financial Operations Consultant for Bridgepoint Consulting’s Dallas Office.
Get to know Yasmin
Yasmin grew up in a military family and spent a considerable part of her childhood living all over the world. She spent time in Spain, Germany, and Japan, with Japan being her favorite. She’s a natural adventurer, traveler, athlete, and people person. You can often find her out playing basketball, soccer, or working out on the Dallas Area’s local trails. When she’s not staying active, you can find her tracking down the best Asian food that Dallas has to offer.
Yasmin spent the first part of her career working in various accounting roles across multiple industries like real estate, technology, sanitation, and waste. Although she’s an accountant by trade, she’s not your typical accountant. Yasmin is a very social and outgoing person who helps people understand finances from a different perspective by leveraging her outstanding communication skills. She currently holds a Masters in Accounting, is wrapping up her CPA certification, and is a Financial Operations Consultant with Bridgepoint Consulting.
What Led You To Consulting?
It took me some time to figure out that consulting was what I wanted to do. As I progressed throughout my career and worked in different industries, I found that I really enjoyed learning about each sector. I continued to grow my skillsets but began to crave more variety and wanted to share what I had learned with other companies. When I was looking into some career options, I realized how much variety consulting could provide, which was a huge selling point. I’m also a people person, and I knew that I wanted to find a way to help more people. I was a little intimidated by the idea of consulting at first, but I knew I had to get past that if I wanted to continue to grow. I haven’t looked back since.
What Attracted You To Bridgepoint?
I’m big on culture. Provide me a culture that I can thrive in, and I’m all in. I’ve always said that I’ll leave a high-paying job for culture. It’s that important to me. When I was looking at consulting firms, Bridgepoint’s culture quickly stood out to me. Hungry, humble, smart – this really resonated with me. When your values line up with a company’s values, it’s ingrained in you and makes working much more effortless. At the time, I also had some family hardships, and I needed to be close to home. After I finished my interviews, Bridgepoint checked all the boxes for me.
How would you describe the culture at Bridgepoint?
Bridgepoint isn’t like your typical consulting firm. The people and environment are very supportive. In consulting, you’re placed on some projects that come with challenges, and I enjoy that. What’s great about Bridgepoint is the depth of experience we have on the team and people’s willingness to help. Anytime I come across something I need help with, I know there is someone on the team that I can connect with. It’s amazing to be part of such a collaborative environment, and it allows me to always continue learning, which is important to me. We also work hard, but there’s a great work-life balance as well.
When did you know #teambridgepoint was for you?
2020 was a challenging year. With so much racial and social injustice, I really appreciated Bridgepoint’s actions and the amount of support I felt. Along with numerous team members, each of the Principals connected with me, and that meant a lot. I’ve never been part of an organization where I can feel genuine support, and Bridgepoint went the extra mile. I feel super accomplished in my decision to become part of #teambridgepoint.
What are you excited about in your role at Bridgepoint?
I’m excited to continue learning, growing, and maintaining the variety that I can be a part of here. There is always something new to learn here.
Talk To Us About Who You Are Outside of Consulting CFOs
I’m a very social person, so I’m constantly hanging out with friends and trying new things. When I’m not out socializing, I’m out playing sports or running. Athletics has always been a big part of my life, so I also spend a lot of time staying active playing basketball, soccer and running. I also have three dogs which keep me busy as well.
What’s one thing people might be surprised to find out about you?
I am a massive gamer. Most people are surprised by this, especially as sports and fitness are a big part of my life. My favorite game to play is Call of Duty. It’s a really popular game that continues to evolve with gaming technology. I’m very competitive, and I love logging in online to play with people all over the world.
What advice would you give someone who is considering a career in consulting?
If you’re the type of person who loves to learn, likes new challenges, and thrives in variety, consulting might be a great fit for you. If you’ve been exploring new opportunities but are intimidated by consulting, I hear you. I’ve been there myself. My advice is to try it anyway. You never know if you don’t try.
If you’re someone who has spent your time in-house throughout your career but are looking to drive more change, looking for new challenges, or are craving more variety, consider a career in consulting with Bridgepoint We’re always on the lookout for top talent. We encourage you to browse our current openings and become part of #teambridgepoint!
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