Can you tell us about you?
My name is Hanna and I am studying MScs in Development Studies. I really love hiking and nature. About my dislikes, I cannot come up with anything else than paprika.
Can you tell us what working as a 180 DC Consultant entail?
In the beginning of the program, the consultants were divided into teams and assigned a company to work with. I got a chance to work with five smart and cool people, who composed my team. We were given the contacts of our company and then our work begun. Together with the company, we identified the problems of the company and worked towards the solutions (which in our case were market entry and communication strategy for the company to enter new markets). To keep other consultants updated in our progress, we had weekly meetings, where we presented our progress. Moreover, as we were supervised by professional consultants from our partner consultancy, we also got a chance to receive feedback and tips from them.
In the end of the project, we presented our results in a final event and wrote a report for the client.
On a less professional level, working in 180 DC meant finding great friends, having a beer, going hiking and playing online games in zoom- It was very fun experience.
What was the biggest challenge you had as a 180 DC Consultant?
The biggest challenge in the beginning was to keep up with the amazing people in the program and especially to my team. I remember thinking countless times, that wow, she or he’s so smart. Luckily, when I eventually got over myself and started to express my ideas, they were valued, and I felt that everyone’s contribution to the team was very important and irreplaceable. So, as my great friend from this program said- just believe in yourself, you have a lot to give!
How did this experience benefit you as a person?
Well, it gave me as close of a professional consulting experience as possible and I really loved it. I learned practical skills like problem-solving, pitching, communicating with client, teamwork, how to develop communication and new market entry strategy. This experience will definitely benefit me in the job market.
How fun was it being a 180 DC Consultant?
I know this sounds nerdy, but through work and learning, I found really good friends from 180 DC Consulting, so I think this is the fun I am grateful for.
What advice will you give someone looking to apply for this position?
“You can do it” mindset is a must have for applying to this position. Also, be ready to work in a team, have an open mind and contribute your free time and effort into finding solutions for the company you’ll consult.
Hanna, thanks a lot for giving us time to do this.
Master student in Media and Communication at Lund University. The author holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Ilorin. Titilope is an Editorial Director at 180 Degrees Consulting Lund.