A Day in the Life of a SharePoint Consultant
A ‘typical’ SharePoint Consultant day?
I pondered this subject for a while, racking my brain to find some typical, repetitive actions, tasks, ‘to do’ items that us SharePoint Consultant do, and I could not!
That’s why I love this job so much—the variety.
There is no typical day, and that makes me happy.
That being said, there are commonalities in my day-to-day work life and these commonalities are essential to completing the work.
Typically, these are essential throughout my day:
This is the main common action performed daily—but the beauty is that each problem is unique and requires specific knowledge and skills. Even if it is a similar issue, such as how to best manage permissions, each client is different, each SharePoint or other MS365 system/tool is set-up differently and requires a unique solution.
I am constantly learning! How can I not be? MS365 systems are regularly updated and improved, and we, as SharePoint Consultants, need to keep on top of this. Plus, as a consultant you need to learn about your client and their industry, woes, culture and desires.
How else can I solve their problems if I do not know what they are, why they exist and what are the best tools and methods for solutions.
I love this bit—I am an eternal learner and this job allows me to continuously expand my knowledge.
Ongoing and regular communication is another essential occurrence – with colleagues and clients. As in anything in life, communication is key. As a consultant, you must be able to communicate clearly both verbally and with the written word.
A good consultant can pull out the issues and get to the root of them and present potential solutions in a clear and meaningful method. The client must be able to understand what you are proposing or explaining.
As well, the ability to facilitate, present and talk to any seniority level are skills which continue to be developed as a SharePoint Consultant’s career continues.
Be Up for a Challenge
Another main theme that occurs throughout my work life is the love of a good challenge. Similar to resolving problems, being up for a challenge is always present in the life of a SharePoint Consultant. These challenges can be, but are not exclusive to:
- Finding a solution
- Gaining buy-in
- Ensuring clients and stakeholders understand what is being explained, bought, sold, provided, etc.
- Keeping up with system updates and improvements
- Working out of your comfort zone.
All of the above items can present a challenge, but if you are up for it, then they just make the job even more exciting.
I am a strong believer in loving your job and making it as fun as possible. We spend a lot of time at work so having fun is something I make sure happens daily. And with work that is as varied, unique and intriguing as consulting on MS365 products and services, this is easy!
So, a typical day? There are none.
Fun, educational, challenging and intriguing days? Yes, all the time and that is why I love being a SharePoint Consultant!