Shantanu, Consultant

What was your background prior to joining OC&C?
I grew up in Manchester and then moved down south to do an Economics degree at LSE, in the middle of which I did an internship at OC&C. I then started full-time in September 2016 after I graduated.

What’s your favourite OC&C experience?
My favourite part of OC&C is definitely the OC&C Cricket team! Our team spans the whole firm, from Partners to interns to Business Services, and our season consists of training sessions and 3-4 matches a year against a range of casual corporate teams (frequent opponents include BCG and Graze). As the captain and our chief administrator (on account of enthusiasm rather than talent) I'm responsible for organising matches and making sure everyone has a good time - winning is nice too, but either way it's a great way to spend a Friday afternoon!

What do you like to get up to in your free time outside the office?
Aside from cricket and the usual "catch up with friends, travel, watch sport", my #1 passion is for cars and correspondingly I try to spend as much time as I can driving round various racetracks - I've managed to do trips to the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and Brands Hatch so far. It's an incredibly thrilling way of living out my F1 driver fantasies without having the requisite talent!

What advice would you give to your younger self?
The only advice I'd give is to say YES to as much as you can - throwing out your preconceived notions is a great way of broadening your horizons and often you stumble across you turn out to love. It's fine to have a go at something and find out that it's not for you, but you'll never know until you try! I applied to the OC&C internship without knowing much about strategy consulting, and turned up on my first day of the summer internship with no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be a great experience and I'm still here several years later!

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