KAREN
Consultant, Frankfurt, Management Consulting

Why goetzpartners

Like many of my colleagues, I joined goetzpartners directly after my internship. Although I had already completed internships at other major consultancies, I simply liked the internship at goetzpartners best – not just because of the friendly working environment and the numerous team and company events, of which there were plenty during the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. I was a full-fledged member of the project team from day one, interacting closely with the client team, creating and giving presentations, and discussing topics directly with the project partner. For me, that was and is a great combination.

My most challenging project

Every client project is different and brings its own challenges. So far, I have learned a lot with each project and have continuously developed both professionally and personally. This steep learning curve is one of the reasons why I find consulting so exciting.

 

Shortly after joining goetzpartners, I was involved in a major transformation project for a German cooperative bank. The project stream I worked on evaluated various options for an IT provider migration. To do this, I had to familiarize myself in a very short time with the special IT requirements of a bank, which are sometimes quite unique. I also prepared and facilitated numerous workshops with potential new providers and the CEOs of the regional banks. My project manager had a lot of confidence in my abilities right from the start and assigned me responsibility accordingly, which gave me additional motivation.

Beyond projects

We have various initiatives in which consultants can contribute beyond their project work. One is our Bottom-up Group (BUG), in which I participate as a representative of the Frankfurt office. BUG is the representative body for all junior colleagues from the analyst to the senior consultant level. Here, challenges are discussed and ideas and suggestions for improvement are developed. We are in constant contact with our colleagues and senior management. For example, we have regular jour fixes with our CFO, our director of HR and IT, and we have a slot during the Executive Board meeting every quarter. I really enjoy my work in BUG, and several topics we have developed here have already been implemented.

 

In addition to my involvement in the BUG, I mentor our new starters and am involved in our CSR initiative Malteser Kinderhospiz, where we regularly organize a fun day for sick children and their siblings at Gut Schörghof. This initiative is very close to my heart, and it is nice to see how the children, at least for a short moment, can enjoy a carefree time.

My personal background

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work in an international environment, so I focused my studies accordingly. I completed my bachelor’s degree in general management at EBS University, which included a semester abroad in Hong Kong. I did my master’s in the US, China and Spain, earning a double degree in global commerce and global strategic management from the University of Virginia and ESADE Business School. My internships took me from Siemens in Beijing to PwC, Monitor Deloitte Strategy and, most recently, goetzpartners, where I liked it best and stayed.