The Strategy Associate Role

As a Strategy Associate, you will have the unique opportunity to help shape the direction of one of the largest financial institutions in the country while developing world-class consulting skills. You will work as an integral member of small project teams, tackling company-defining strategic issues and advising the company’s most senior executives. The skills and exposure you will gain — through professional development programs and diverse projects and rotations — will set you up for success wherever you go next.

The Strategy Associate Experience

Fast-Paced Projects

You will work on projects that typically last 3-4 months, ensuring a rich variety of experiences. From the outset, you will be empowered to own influential pieces of qualitative and quantitative analysis, present your findings to clients, and identify opportunities to push the project forward. From data-driven customer analysis to acquisition modeling to human-centered design strategy, each project will seek to answer a strategically important question while challenging you to quickly develop an understanding of complex problems.

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Tailor-Made Rotations

Within your first two years, you will have an opportunity “go on rotation,” working directly in another division of Capital One for several months. Your rotation will be tailored to your interests, providing a unique opportunity to sample and gain hands-on experience in another role. In the past, Associates have worked as product managers in our Digital Labs, analysts in our acquisitions group, and in various other roles in our brand, marketing, legal, and corporate social responsibility organizations.

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Personalized Development

We are intensely focused on each Associate’s individual success. Over your time in the Strategy Group, you will receive the support necessary to grow your skills quickly, including an extensive formal training curriculum and individual mentorship from leaders in the group. On the job, you will hone your skills working side-by-side with experienced consultants in a dynamic, team-based environment, and, as you progress, you will be challenged to manage larger workstreams, own client relationships, and take on leadership roles in the group.

A Career Springboard

In addition to becoming an expert in consumer financial services, you will become a skilled influencer and a master analyst, all while gaining deep experience in a range of business problems. This rich skill-set and diversity of exposure will set you up to do great things, both within and outside the company. Over 90% of Strategy Associates who have gone on to business school have attended a top 5 program, and our alumni have a strong track record of founding startups and becoming leaders in business, tech, government, and non-profits.

Career Progression

Associate

Out of college, you will begin your career as an Associate. Associates conduct analysis, shape their team’s answer to the case, and present their findings to clients. Associates also take on internal responsibilities, such as overseeing recruiting at their alma maters and coordinating group activities.

A Week in the Life of an Associate

Monday

8AM

9AM

10AM: Team Meeting

11AM: Powerpoint

12PM: Qualitative Research

2PM: Lunch

3PM: Qualitative Research

4PM: Powerpoint

5PM: Team Meeting

6PM: Qualitative Research

7PM

8PM

Tuesday

8AM

9AM: Team Meeting

10AM: Data pull

12PM: Lunch

1PM: Data pull

2PM: Data analysis

4PM: Powerpoint

6PM: Team Meeting

8PM

Wednesday

8AM

9AM

10AM: Team Meeting

11AM: Recruiting Meeting

1PM: Lunch

2PM: Data analysis

Once we have the data, we have to figure out what it means. To do this, we analyze it using a variety of tools, especially Excel.

5 PM: Powerpoint

6PM: Team meeting

7PM

8PM

Thursday

8AM

9AM: Powerpoint

11AM: VP Meeting

1PM: Data Pull

3PM: Data Analysis

4PM: Powerpoint

6PM: Team Meeting

7PM: Data Analysis

8 PM: Powerpoint

Friday

8AM: Powerpoint

9AM: Team Meeting

12PM: Client Meeting

2PM: Lunch

3PM: Developmental meeting

4PM: Foosball

5PM

6PM

7PM

8PM