My FIRST 100 DAYS Naima Deuter
After my three-month internship at goetzpartners, I was back at university, in the middle of a lecture, when a phone call came offering me a direct-entry position. Of course I said yes, and I’ll be starting as soon as I’ve finished my Master’s degree.
I am welcomed by some old and new faces – including my Russian colleague from the Moscow office with whom I will work on my first project. He is spending four weeks in the Munich headquarters to help us set up a cross-border sell-side project.
On Monday, it is time to head to the project kick-off in Warsaw. The agenda includes the first meeting with the entire management team and project planning. Afterward, we start preparing marketing documents, and I support the management team on developing the business plan. On Friday, my colleagues take me to our monthly so-called business breakfast. This is an occasion where our seniors tell us about new projects, colleagues and other important developments in the company. There is food for everyone and plenty of time to chat with colleagues.
The staffing head calls: a three-day pitch for a company in the TMT sector. This means some intensive work and long nights. Nonetheless, we laugh a lot, and the dinners we share together bond us together as a team.
On Thursday morning, it is time to head back to the airport. But the destination is not a project this time. It's a company event in Sardinia. Four days of really exciting team events, strategy meetings and, of course, lots of sunshine await us. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know colleagues from international offices in a relaxed atmosphere for the first time.
My second project gets under way. A restructuring project together with colleagues in management consulting. The timeline is tight, and all of us have to work really hard to meet the deadlines. I’m doing a lot of traveling now and attending the management presentations and expert sessions at the client's offices.
At 9:15 a.m. we meet at the Munich Office and head off to an international boot camp at Spitzingsee, a lake in the Bavarian Alps. All recently hired employees spend a week here together. We will solve and present a group case and attend all sorts of training sessions that include topics like financial modeling and presentation skills. Teambuilding is one other focal point. In the evening, we gather at the bar and get to know one another better.
It's time for the performance review that follows the first half of the probationary period. We discuss expectations and goals, and the next three months are mapped out. I am excited about the upcoming projects and am looking forward to the new challenges.