Hi everyone! My name is Jessica and I am an International Student at Lund University from Italy. I am currently studying the second year of the Masters in Economic Growth, Population, and Development at LUSEM. Last semester I joined 180DC Lund as a consultant, and now I am currently part of the board as the HR Director.
I am writing this post to give you an idea of what it means to become a consultant for 180DC and the opportunities that 180DC offers to assume more responsibility and become a member of the board.
MY TIME AT 180DC AS A CONSULTANT
In March 2020, I joined the first project cycle of the Lund branch of 180DC. At the time, like many of you reading this blog post, I was not completely sure of what it meant to be a consultant. I joined 180DC Lund to gain insights into consultancy, learn from the organization, and work towards making a positive social impact.
The project cycles at 180DC last for 12 weeks. After the consultants are selected, the board members and the consultants meet for the kick-off event where they get the first opportunity to get to know each other, find out the different teams and projects, and get to know the mentors who will support the consultants with their projects. Our consultants are advised and trained by employees of one of the leading management consulting firms in the world.
I personally really appreciated the opportunity of having professionals helping me and my team in every step of our consultancy project. Our mentors really listened to our questions and ideas and made sure that we had the best tools to complete our project and present it to the client.
The client for the project I worked on was Hello World!, a Swedish non-profit that aims to make digital creation easily accessible to all young people regardless of their background. They do so by organizing coding workshops and summer camps for young students. My team included five consultants, all of us being Lund University students from different countries and study backgrounds. I enjoyed working in this multicultural team immensely – it provided a great way to learn from each other and to strive together to deliver the best results for Hello World!.
My team was faced with the challenges of having to switch to full remote work as well as changing slightly the goal of the project because of the global pandemic. My team and I met in person at the Kick-Off event in March and then never met in person again! We had to get to know each other and learn how to work together over Zoom. It was hard at times but we made it work and managed to deliver our results on time.
The client was very happy and impressed with the quality of our work. I myself was very impressed with how well we handled the challenges that came with working remotely in a team, having to communicate with the client and the mentors via Zoom, and having to readjust the goals of our project because the needs of our client changed due to the pandemic.
BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER
After the Spring semester, I joined the board of 180DC Lund as the HR director. I find this opportunity to be a a great way to challenge myself and get started with a position that allows me to develop skills that I have not previously worked on.
I love being part of the board because we get to see all the projects take off, from the moment we contact the clients and recruit the consultants until the final presentation of the project results. I am looking forward to following the current projects and taking part in the recruiting process for the next consulting cycle when I might meet some of you reading this post!
I hope my story inspires you to join 180DC as a consultant and to even apply for a board position. We are always looking for bright and passionate minds. Don’t worry about being inexperienced about consulting, I was too when I started! 180DC gave me and my fellow consultants all the tools necessary to provide the best deliverables to our clients.
I assure you that if you get out of your comfort zone and try it out you will have an amazing time. I learned a lot about the world of consultancy as a 180DC consultant. Now as a board member I am learning how a student-run organization like 180DC works and how it feels to be on the other side doing the planning, recruiting, organizing events, and finding clients. This all happened during very peculiar times: a global pandemic. However, being part of 180DC Lund both as a consultant and now as a board member in such a difficult time has taught me that teams can work efficiently – even remotely.
That’s it from me.
I hope to see many of your applications in the spring consultancy cycle!
The writer is currently studying in the Master programme of Economic Growth, Population, and Development and has a B.A. in Economics. Jessica has recently joined the board of 180DC Lund as the HR Director.