For my first job, I was looking for a consultancy firm that would be large enough to offer exciting international projects, yet small enough to sustain a highly personal and open corporate culture. A positive working environment is something that’s very important to me: at the end of the day your colleagues are the people you spend most of your time with. On recruiting day, despite the assessment situation, I had a series of agreeable and relaxed talks with the people from goetzpartners, which made me feel right at home. Ultimately, I chose goetzpartners on a gut feeling – and have never regretted my decision.
MY MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT
All of our international projects are challenging, but one project I’d like to single out is the transformation of a global telecommunications company in the Caribbean: almost 20 hours travel time, a goetzpartners team of seven different nationalities, and local contacts with a fundamentally different culture, mentality and motivation. Ultimately, however, it was precisely this combination that made this project my most exciting ever, my best learning experience and – also because of the weekends on the beach – my most memorable.
Outside of project business, there are countless opportunities to take responsibility and get involved. As a New Hire Mentor, for example, I currently look after newcomers in their first few months and help them settle in. I also give training courses during the introduction days for new recruits, and I am involved in a goetzpartners CSR initiative at a school near Munich, where we coach school leavers in writing job applications. In addition, I am part of a team that organizes regular informal get-togethers for juniors and seniors outside of the office.
MY PERSONAL BACKGROUND
I graduated in industrial engineering from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, where I specialized in mechanical engineering. Due to my desire to see something of the world – I did a one-year MBA in the USA and a six-months internship in China – and my love of new experiences and challenges (I’ve been involved in external projects and was also a member of the board at the student management consultancy Consult One), I made my career choice early on. And to this day, I am more than happy with the decision.