Emma is Senior Associate bij Strategy&. Ze vertelt hieronder haar verhaal, in het Engels.
What is your background?
I studied history in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, wrote a book about sixteenth-century Spain and completed a PhD. I would definitely be defined as an 'Alpha' student, but I always enjoyed working with numbers and solving problems in a logical way.
For me, the people were the main reason. I checked out some other consulting firms during the recruitment process, but I had a real click with all the people at Strategy& I met. They were inspiring, smart and ambitious but, most of all, diverse, down-to-earth and a lot of fun. I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them. In addition, the opportunities to work abroad appealed to me, and the training that I was offered (Mini MBA and intensive Finance Course), which demonstrated the extent to which Strategy& was prepared to invest in me.
How diverse is Strategy&?
Strategy& is not only diverse in terms of the amount of women working, but also in terms of the diverse backgrounds in the office. At the last count, we had 18 different nationalities amongst the consulting staff, which makes for a fascinating group of colleagues (as well as some great holiday destinations!) Amongst the women, in particular, there is a strong sense of camaraderie: once a week we have a ladies' dinner together and we often go out shopping together or socializing after work.
What do you like most about your job?
The fact that I am never bored. In general, I get distracted easily, but, with the intensity of projects, the range of subject matter we deal with and the wide variety of teams we work in. The job is never the same from one day to the next. I am continuously learning, and improving my consulting skills, both because of the sheer variety of problems I am exposed to, and because of the motivating and inspiring attitudes of my colleagues. The international travel and buzz from seeing the results of your work in the newspapers are added extras, of course, as is the intellectual challenge raised by the assignments we are given.