Managers hire me to help them predict the financial outcomes of their decisions. I ask them questions, I go to meetings, I take notes, then I go back to my desk and create a financial model that they can play with. That allows us to see how their different decisions might affect their business. Then we choose the best one and make it happen for real.
How I got my job:
When I was working as a lifeguard, I asked if I could work in their accounting department. I learned about accounts receivable (the money that comes into a business), I put that on my resume which helped me get a job in accounting for a big company. That job helped me get a job with a big consulting firm after finishing University. It was there that I learned how to build financial models.
My first job:
Answering phones and selling memberships at a sports club. From there I worked in their gym, became a lifeguard, helped their communications director and worked in their accounting department. I started there when I was 16 and worked there part-time for 5 years while I was in school.
Best advice I ever got:
Your job is to make your boss look good. The best way to do that is to work hard, care about your work and always do what you say you're going to do.