"I have enjoyed working with my team and learned to appreciate people with different thinking patterns." says Nicky in her interview with Titilope.
It is understandable that you wish to apply for the ongoing consultant positions in 180 DC Lund but need to know more about the role and what it will require of you. We at 180 DC Lund want to make it easier for you, our dear prospective consultant, in knowing more about the position hence this short but insightful interview with one of our consultants, Nicky. Enjoy!
Can you tell us about you?
Hello, awesome people! My name is Nicol Mayr, but my friends call me ‘Nicky’. On the interview day for the student consulting position, I presented myself as Nicky from Municky. The founder and former president of the 180 DC Lund, Frank, always introduced himself as Frank from Frankfurt. His slogan definitely fits him better. It was an embarrassing moment, but here I am sharing it with the world, haha.
I am studying the master’s programme in Innovation and Global Sustainable Development. It is the perfect programme for me since we learn about the grand challenges and at the same time, learn to hopefully make a difference.
Nicky, what are your likes and dislikes?
I like living in different countries, Mother nature- especially the seaside. I like Matcha Latte, Nut butter, adventures, reflection and meditation. I like going to the Sauna and also like historical cities like Barcelona or London. I also value honesty.
I frown at procrastination (although I also suffer from it sometimes) and the world’s injustice.
Specifically, what does working as a 180 DC Lund Consultant entail?
As a 180 DC consultant, you have to first understand the client’s situation and get familiar with the non-profit or social enterprise of your client. Then, from your outer perspective and conversation with your client, you prioritize and choose one issue you want to help with and create an impact. From there, you tackle the client’s problem, for instance, strategically creating a customer analysis or market entry. You learn this structure from trainings provided by 180 DC Lund or professional consultants mentoring you.
Structure enables creativity which is also needed 😊. However, creative ideas must be proven, so part of the work includes finding real-world data or gathering data to confirm that you are doing the right thing. Finally, you work on a presentation to make sure you can transmit your solution and ideas in the best way possible to the client. Basically, everything happens in a team of about 4 people and you always have the support of the whole branch. It is incredible how well you get to know people when working together on a project you are all passionate about. Overall, it is a very rich experience.
What was the biggest challenge you had as a Consultant at 180 DC Lund?
My biggest challenge was deciding on the project to choose within the amazing project and then deliver on it. We worked with a start-up that had a huge vision and I liked to dream together with our client about different things. Nevertheless, sometimes being pragmatic and setting little goals which in the end add up to the vision is important. Also, the way consultants work is so valuable and logical, but one must get the hang of it first.
How did the role help you as a person?
As I mentioned earlier, I have learned to break down a big goal into more manageable pieces. I have learned how important structure is in transmitting ideas and solutions. I have enjoyed working with my team and learned to appreciate people with different thinking patterns.
How fun was it being a 180 DC Consultant? Can you gist us about some of the fun moments you had?
Honestly, it was so much fun! Within my team, we started greeting each other with “Namaste” as this was something we learned from our client, who was an incredibly reflected, warm-hearted, creative and powerful person.
Then, there was our Sunday-walk experience, our president, Frank wanted it to be a survivor path, but then he, himself, got attacked by a cow.
The kick-off meeting started with some get-to-know games, which upgraded to a dinner we had after biking through the rain and later in the evening, we made sure to know all our faces by going to a bar.
If asked to say 2 essential things about being a 180 DC consultant, what will it be for you?
Do you feel you made an impact? If yes, how did you feel about making a social impact?
I definitely think we helped our client with our insights, and I am eager to keep in touch and keep nourishing the network.. The question about how I feel about making social impact is an easy one:
There is no better feeling for me than working and putting my energy into this because it is very fulfilling and compensates every effort.
The meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose of life is to give it away. PICASSO.
What advice will you give someone looking to apply for this position?
Always think MECE (don’t worry you will learn what that means haha)
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Thank you, Nicky. You indeed made this interview fun and I hope every reader enjoys this as much as I did.
Nicky is also a returning consultant and will be leading one of the consulting teams for this period.
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.