Meet our Associate Consultants
Our people are our success and we endeavour to celebrate and support them throughout their careers.
When asked, what sets OC&C apart from other strategy consultancies, the most common answer is a group of intelligent, motivated and genuinely fun people which make up the supportive workforce. But, don’t take our work for it – hear what our team has to say.
Aneira, Associate Consultant
My path into consulting was a slightly convoluted one. I studied American Politics at the University of Nottingham and went into teaching, via the Teach First graduate programme. I then decided to complete a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and I finally settled on consulting as my next career step.
When researching consulting firms, it became clear that OC&C was the perfect size – large enough to do meaningful and exciting work, but still personal enough to facilitate quick building of relationships, trust and reputation. OC&C also stood out as the leader in ‘strategy consulting’ – I was much more interested in helping businesses prepare for an exciting if uncertain future than I was in some of the more technical or specialised types of consultancy.
For me, life outside projects is often as important to my satisfaction and well-being as the day-to-day work. The natural community of the peer group, as well as important relationships with people like your buddy or your mentor can make all the difference between a bad week and a good one, and they can also be an incredible source of information on any number of topics, both work related and not. Having got to know my peer group at training programmes, daily lunches, company events, and even a Norwegian ‘Porridge Party’, I feel I can genuinely call them friends as well as colleagues.
To anyone applying, my advice would be to think about what you want from your career. Consulting can be a great place to learn valuable skills before a move into something else or can be a great profession in itself. However, it is important to do your research and consider whether both the career and this firm are right for you, even if just for the short term. The application process – and the first year – at every consulting firm can be hard work and will require commitment to succeed.
Jimi, Associate Consultant
I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MEng in Engineering. I first learnt about OC&C at an employer presentation. What appealed most to me was OC&C’s focus on high-level strategy work (as opposed to implementation) and the interesting sectors (such as retail and technology) that it focuses on.
Since joining, no project experience has been the same as a previous one. My favourite experience was when I worked on a theme park & resorts project abroad. Developing innovative pricing strategies and distinctive customer propositions was incredibly exciting and getting to ride rollercoasters every evening wasn’t bad too.
But also, joining a peer group is one of the best and most unique aspects of choosing to work at OC&C. You quickly forge strong friendships with the consultants you join with and end up socialising them not just at the bi-annual peer group dinners but at weekends and on holidays too.
The advice I would give to someone who wants to apply to us - try to find out as much as you can about the types of projects that we (and other consultancies) do.
OC&C is focused on shorter 3-8 week projects in which we solve our clients problems rapidly. This means the job is more suited to people who like taking on new challenges regularly and are happy to learn about a very wide variety of industries.
The interview process was straightforward with all the interviews taking place on one day. The interviewers & consultants we had the chance to speak with over coffee were all very friendly and I ended up working with some of them on my first project.
Alex, Associate Consultant
I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. I first heard of OC&C in my sophomore year from my friends, who also aspired to become a consultants. I still remember how intrigued I was when I came to know the sector focus of OC&C – retail, consumer goods, leisure – thinking that it would be a dream to get involved in all the most “fun” and “glamorous” businesses. It was also why I chose to apply for an internship at OC&C later in my penultimate year.
The application process was challenging but not as stressful as I had thought it would be. The interviewers were all very helpful during the interview process. However, the interview is a process for all applicants to learn whether the firm is suited to you. So, do make it a two-way conversation to understand more about the firm’s culture and vision.
Since joining, my favourite project is my current one where we are serving a leading international alcohol brand. The following may sound surreal but some of my common tasks include visiting the top bars and restaurants in town to understand the on-trade consumption behaviour.
The bonding among OC&C members always goes beyond work and we have all sorts of office activities, from sports to cultural activities. My favourite has always been relaxing with colleagues after work on Fridays.
Hüseyin, Associate Consultant
I graduated from Bilkent University with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and then studied Bio entrepreneurship at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. I heard about OC&C from a friend who was working for a Client. Because of his comments on the quality of work OC&C delivers and the personal development potential through challenging projects and the intellect of OC&C employees, I decided to apply.
My first day started earlier than my regular days at OC&C; we had an early team meeting before the project kick-off call with our client. It was quite an international environment with international teammates and international clients. I started learning and contributing to the project from the first day, so it was an excellent start for my journey here at OC&C.
We are a small office in İstanbul, so we are all friends; we have our lunch together, we always celebrate each others’ birthdays in the office or go out to celebrate. Overall, we have fun together.
For anyone who wants to apply the most important thing is to make sure you want to pursue a career in consulting, as it would require some dedication to prepare for the interviews. It is a good idea to have case practices with friends, especially to see different case types, as you may face different case types in each round. Being prepared shows you have spent time on this and you want this job – things that are appreciated.