The 3gamma graduate programme 2015/ 2016 is nearing its end. Before handing over the torch to the next batch of graduates, 3gamma’s current graduates – Mattias, Joachim, Latife and Johannes - reflect on an eventful year!
As you are approaching the end of the 3gamma graduate programme, how would you summarise the past year?
Well, it has certainly been a challenging but fun experience to collaborate with fellow graduates and colleagues. We appreciate the quick start to the graduate programme, where the first weeks were filled with various tasks and courses in order for us to gain valuable consulting skills. Getting right into the swing of things gave us the confidence as consultants when we were assigned to our first assignments. As the year progressed, our time management skills were put to the test, where we had to balance our involvement in the different courses and graduate projects, as well as client assignments. Learning to prioritise our different responsibilities and assignments became all the more important!
On an even more positive note, the steep learning curve also brought us graduates closer together as colleagues and friends. We can proudly say that the progress that all of us have made both as individuals and as consultants has been substantial! Just like everything else in the consulting world, the customer comes first and the workload can vary a lot. Great support helps! As part of the graduate programme, we were assigned both a graduate project manager and a senior colleague responsible for weekly follow ups. In this regard, 3gamma has played an active role in supporting our individual development and ensuring that we have a good work-life balance.
How would you describe consulting life?
“So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.” – quoting Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook). Jokes aside, as management consultants, we seek to be objective advisors and share our knowhow of industry best practices. Apart from engaging in client assignments, consultants are also expected to be well informed on the latest trends and insights.
Consulting can entail long working hours and traveling to various client sites but it is very rewarding. The ambition to become a successful management consultant comes from oneself. The desire to learn and willingness to put in the extra mile are important traits that consultants should possess. That’s what makes it so fun and fulfilling really, to be part of a group of people that share the same mind-set! There are vast opportunities to work in different projects and industries, and at the same time, build up and strengthen one’s network. Consulting is a discipline where you will learn a lot at a fast pace!
What has been the largest difference between now and a year ago?
As fresh graduates, we were excited yet anxious at the same time about performing our best, and to gain knowledge and develop one’s capabilities as quickly as possible. A large part of the graduate programme and being a management consultant is that we were always doing new things in the form of capability areas.It was a lot to take in and manage in the initial stage. After a while, we got used to the changing work environments, the various tasks and learnt to appreciate that as consultants, we would always be stretched and working outside our comfort zones. We eventually learnt that it did not matter that we were new to the workforce, as we could actually provide valuable advice and help to our clients. A year on, we all feel very confident about our abilities to handle expected and unexpected challenges and are excited to continue our journey and contribute to 3gamma’s growth!
What are the three pieces of advice you would give to ‘’soon-to-be consultants”?
- Taking initiative is the first step to becoming an independent consultant. It is better to come up with a suggestion as basis for discussion with your project manager/ customer rather than to remain passive.
- Trust your instinct; you know more than you think and you can always bring issues and concerns back to the office.
- Dare to ask a lot of questions. The more you ask, the more you learn!
Any final words?
Two words: Grad’s. Out!