About two years ago, while finishing my MBA at Georgia Tech, I started contemplating the idea of changing careers. At this point, I had spent my entire adult life (15 years) in the Marine Corps. I loved my time in the military, and I owed much of my own personal success to the life lessons provided by more than a decade of continuous war, but I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a different life out there for me and my family.
My career search started with a simple question: What do I want to be when I grow up? This question turned out to be much more difficult to answer than I originally imagined. I mean, where does one even begin? For me, it started with the assertion that, no matter what, I would not work in a role that made me miserable. This assertion led me to identify three key characteristics that had to be present in my future career. First, the work had to be meaningful. Second, I wanted to work with intelligent, driven, like-minded people. And third, I refuse to be a weekend father, so extensive traveling was out of the question.
It was my unwavering commitment to these three parameters that ultimately led me to North Highland. Today represents my 60th day with the company, and I feel that it is important to reflect back on the decision I made to work here. In essence, this is my answer to the question I am asked every day: Are you happy to be working at North Highland?
Team-First Mentality: North Highland is 100% employee owned which, for better or worse, means that we succeed and fail together. It is this sense of individual ownership that, in my opinion, truly makes North Highland special. We care about our business. We take pride in the work we do and in the clients we help. We strive to go above and beyond and are accountable for everything we do.
Meaningful Work: This is the one I struggled with the most when I left the military. No matter what I was doing in the Marine Corps, I always knew that I was serving a greater purpose that was more important than myself. Everyone told me, and rightfully so, that I would never find this in corporate America. And although it is difficult to compare military service to management consulting, I rest easy at night knowing that I am making a measurable difference in the lives of others. We (North Highland) tackle our client’s most complex problems and we guarantee all of our work – and that is pretty awesome!
Amazing People: Where do I even begin? The term “amazing” does not do the consultants at North Highland justice. It is refreshing to work alongside intelligent, charismatic people who are dedicated to making a difference. I am extremely fortunate and appreciative for the opportunity to be associated with this team of tremendously talented experts.
So, in short, yes. Yes, I am happy to be working at North Highland. I was cautiously optimistic 60 days ago, but I can honestly say that I have found a new family here and I am grateful to be associated with a respected firm that actually cares about its employees. Can you say the same?