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Newbie consultant: my first three months at M3

22 Sep 2017
I have been working at M3 for nearly four months now, and it has been great! I started the first of June, and after a day of informal greetings, I was instantly brought along on my very first project. I was immediately tossed into the deep, however, with the right amount of support from my colleagues!

Responsibilities from the start

We were working on a big project at a large shipping company and hired to implement their control mechanisms.  

Within this project, I was tasked with developing a model for their fleet capacity. Colleagues showed me the basics so I could start. After every few steps, they provided me with feedback and tools to improve the model. My colleagues also gave me more responsibility after every step. The result was a supportive model that is still being used by the client.

I learned a tonne during this first project. Learning on the job is part of M3’s philosophy, and by being charged with this project, I quickly learned how to handle assignments, how to stay organised and how to present it to the client.

Immersion strategy

At M3, we work four days per week at the client’s office. Teams are made of by a partner and/or manager and one or more associates. Together with the client, we examine problems and possible solutions. The associate is primarily tasked with gathering and analysing the data and presenting the results to the client. Even though the final responsibility rests with the partner, the associate is responsible for subparts of the project.

This immersion approach leads to the best results as lines are short and communication flows quickly.

Internal projects

One day per week, we work at the M3 office (located in the city of Utrecht). During this day, we discuss results and issues, and we bring each other up to date about our projects. We also have lunch and social drinks together for informal contact between colleagues.

In addition, we have internal assignments focused on improving M3. Partner or intern, newbie associate or manager, all employees have different side jobs. For example, together with a colleague, I am actively involved with marketing strategies, and we organise relevant activities every quarter.

I love the combination of working on analytical tasks to support the client and on practical tasks to help M3 move forward. It also gives me the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship.

Learning ambience

At M3, we find it important to keep expanding our knowledge. Therefore, we organise a monthly event that we call knowledge sharing Friday. The ones tasked to coordinate the activities of that month invite external speakers to share their expertise about topics such as artificial intelligence (read more about this here and here), autonomous supply chain management, and circular economy.

We discuss the newest technologies in our field and deliberate on how this new information could help our clients. Newbie associates have an equal share in this.

Benefits of a small company

I have been working at M3 for four months now, and for me, starting my career here is the best I could have wished for. I studied Technical Business Administration (read more about my background on my profile), and I particularly enjoyed analytically solving problems by investigating the issue from several perspectives. I wanted to put this in practice after graduation. Here at M3, this is precisely what we do.

Working in consultancy does not necessarily mean working for big agencies; working at a small company definitely has benefits. For instance, we have a flat organisational structure, which means a short line of communication with all of the colleagues (from associate to partner). Also, we work in small teams, which means that you are given responsibilities right from the start, and this makes you a team member of great additional value. Moreover, everybody has, next to the project, an extra responsibility to help the company move forward and for this, coming up with new ideas and showing initiative is greatly supported! And even though we are a small company, we still work on big projects for medium to large international clients.

Did you get excited and want to have more information about starting your new job at M3? Send an email to Tim.

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