Interview: ICP Student Consultant Emre
Emre Türkkan was a student consultant in the International Consultancy Project 2016. He is now studying Financial Economics and Behavioural Economics and has worked as a board member for the Nationale Marketing Strijd.
Why did you choose to participate in the International Consultancy Project?
That’s a good question. I wanted to gain international experience. ICP is a great way to travel and gain professional experience at the same time.
Tell us about your project
We worked for a B2C sportswear company. Basically, we did a lot of interviews, both internal and external interviews. We went to London, Berlin, and Paris and we stayed approximately a week in each city.
What did you think about your team?
I made really good friends. It’s a great experience to work with 25 students. It's different than other group projects because you see your teammates almost every day and night. It can be a big challenge, but overall it was a great fun with the team.
What did you think of the workload of the project?
The acquisition process was not so much work since you had only two shifts a week. The beginning was easy, although it was fairly new to me to make company calls. You spend approximately 6-8 hours a week before the trip on desk research. In June and July it will take you 2-3 days and at the field trip, you have to deal with a workload of 3-4 days. It’s very intensive, because you want to do as much as possible, but you also want to do a bit of sightseeing of course!
Was there ever any friction in the team?
Everyone has his own things to do, so sometimes it’s challenging to be on par. Everyone has different preferences. For example, I like to eat hamburgers, someone else is a vegetarian, you always keep these differences.
What did you learn from the ICP?
I learned how to be patient and how to get along with people that you’re not familiar with. I have gained experience with calling companies and I can now use these skills in a professional way. During the project, I had to think in an analytical way and had to conduct research in another country. So I gained a lot of international consultancy experience. Besides that, I also learned to pack my bag in one day.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during the project?
It is challenging to plan interviews in foreign countries within a limited time frame. Also, conducting a survey in another country can be quite challenging, everyone works differently.
What did you like the most about the trip?
I really felt like a consultant throughout the project. I also liked how you can overcome challenges in foreign countries.
What advice would you give to applicants that are interested?
I would advise them to work hard, especially during the acquisition, because that is the most important aspect. If you work hard you are more likely to go to the destination you want to go to.
What would you say to those who are still hesitating to apply?
It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you’ll see things that you would never see otherwise!
We are currently recruiting student consultants! The application deadline is the 7th of January Click here if you want more information about the International Consultancy Project. You are also welcome to join our ICP Recruitment Drink on the 5th of January at Cafe Hoekzight, click here for more details about this event.