A Day in the Life of Nicole
Nicole is a Senior Consultant at Trenegy, currently working on an asset divestiture project on Orcutt Hill, California.
I take the scenic route driving through the hills of one of California’s historic oilfield towns to my client office. I spend a few minutes each morning taking in the surrounding mountain views leading all the way to the ocean. After appreciating the scenery and beautiful California weather, I setup in an unoccupied office and review the single item responsible for organization in my life – my hand written to-do list! This list is invaluable to me and life just wouldn’t be the same without it. After prioritizing my agenda for the day, I catch up on emails.
After making a pit stop in the kitchen to make a tea with the incredible local honey (kudos to the beekeeper who’s so gracious to provide honey in exchange for use of the unexploited oilfield land), I head to my weekly status update meeting with the client project team. I introduce the critical discussion topics that could impact project deadlines and the team takes turns providing recent progress. New issues are brought to light and I assign responsibility for completing next steps.
I corral key people to a huddle room to discuss custom report design requirements with the accounting software consultant. After weighing the options for report design and development, I log the major decisions made in the meeting and update my precious to-do list with action items for the team.
I meet the other Trenegy team members working in California to the small town square for the best southern comfort food. As we indulge on thick cut bacon and melt-in-your-mouth homemade biscuits, we take a break from the busy day to exchange weekend plans and current events.
After returning from lunch, I facilitate a training session with the field personnel to inform them of how to properly use the new invoicing software for routing and approvals. As anticipated, there are a handful of folks who require more individualized training. I identify the employees not as adept to technological changes and sit with them in their office to review the new process in greater detail.
I receive word the IT team has released a new piece of functionality to the Accounting system. The update is intended to help the Accounts Payable team streamline the invoicing process. I work with the Accounts Payable team lead to test the update. Issues with the new release are documented (and added to the to-do list) and are sent to the program developer for required revisions.
As the day wraps up, I reply to unanswered emails and take one final look at the to-do list. I cross through completed tasks and schedule any meetings necessary to address concerns brought to my attention throughout the day. I update the project plan, examine the positive impacts to the project timeline and share the news with the project sponsor before packing up for the day.