What does an ordinary working week at Oliver Wyman look like?
Markus: The great thing about our job is that we always work together in new environments on exciting topics. As a rule, we travel to the customer on Monday mornings, work there during the week and take the opportunity to coordinate closely, and on Thursday evenings we come home again. On Fridays we work from our Munich office.
An important part of the studies at the TUM School of Management consists of a technical specialization. How can our students bring this knowledge to you?
Anna: I have already done several projects in the field of mechanical and plant engineering – my specialization in mechanical engineering was a good basis for this. In one project, for example, it was an advantage that I had attended a lecture on material flow at the time and knew what an AGV was.
It is said that the actual learning begins after graduation, how can we imagine starting at Oliver Wyman?
Markus: Right at the start, a two-week training course is scheduled, during which newcomers from all over Europe and the Middle East learn or refresh the basics – such as slide writing, Excel, customer meetings, etc. – and get to know each other. In my opinion, the most learning is done “on the job”. In addition, there are regular training sessions over the course of a career, such as the “Experienced Consultant Toolkit”, which is due about one year after joining the company.
What tips can you give a student for the recruiting process?
Anna: Both the professional and the personal impression are important. Apart from a good preparation for case studies, it helped me a lot to go through my CV and to consider at each stage what I found easy/difficult, what my role was, etc. – and to discuss the whole thing again with my parents or good friends afterwards.