MICHEL Associate Consultant, Munich,
I first heard about the company through Xing – a German professional networking platform – when I was finishing my Bachelor’s degree. goetzpartners was staging a trip to the Bavarian mountains for potential new recruits. It didn’t feel like a recruiting event – more a field trip with friends. So when I was offered a job, I thought “if these people can be my colleagues, I’d be stupid not to take up their offer.” A few years down the road, this still holds true and I’ve never been disappointed: I get to work on challenging projects with professional, bright minds and create an impact.
MY MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT
Operational excellence for a telco provider in Pakistan. In a small project team, we took on specific processes to increase efficiency. Besides a tight project schedule, what made the project truly challenging and exciting was getting to grips with the cultural differences, ranging from different holidays to different ways of communicating and discussing. As remote support was not suitable for this project, we spent most of the time with the client in Pakistan. We soon established a strong, trust-based working relationship with the client’s team and delivered tangible results within the project timeline. For me it turned out to be one of the best consultant-client collaborations. Even today I still talk with some of the clients, as we established such a good relationship during the project.
Right now I’m on a two-year study leave to gain my master’s degree at the University of Mannheim. I’m delighted that the company gives us this opportunity. Besides financial support, I still get to participate in all the events and stay in touch with my colleagues. That will ensure a smooth return after my graduation. Before my leave of absence, I was also quite active outside of project work. I was part of the trainer teams for Excel and PowerPoint. Several times a year, I gave introduction trainings to new colleagues and really enjoyed sharing my own knowledge and experience with the new hires.
MY PERSONAL BACKGROUND
After high school I did a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Management at the University of Bremen, specializing in aerospace engineering. While at university I was part of a student business consultancy, and that’s where the idea of becoming a management consultant first crossed my mind. Now I’m a student again and used the last summer break to take a four-week bartender course in New York. With these skills, I’m currently working as a bartender at a gin bar in Mannheim. Until I go back to work, I’m leading a student initiative called “Uni Spirit” that aims to connect students across various disciplines to forge and strengthen ties with the University of Mannheim.