Year of Graduation: 2012
Current Position/Location: Manager of US Consultant Relations at COMATCH, Berlin, Germany
Please give a brief description of your current position:
COMATCH is a matching marketplace for management consultants and industry experts, and my role is to onboard and manage the consultants in our community. I am responsible for interviewing, planning events, and matching our consultants to projects using our algorithm and my knowledge of the consultants' expertise. My team is also in charge of our US expansion project which began in 2019.
What path did you follow to get to your current position?
After university, I took the road less traveled and followed nearly every detour I encountered! I taught English in Spain, South Korea, Singapore, and Germany before I settled in Berlin and found my role at COMATCH.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students who might be interested in your career? Referring to my international professional experience, I took the advice “do it while you’re young” very seriously. And then I quickly realized that I could do it for my whole life if I wanted to. There will always be obstacles: student loans, missed family gatherings, and friends’ weddings—sorry friends and family!—but ultimately the best advice I have is to establish that tunnel vision regarding your goal and make it happen.
What skills are important in your field: Strong verbal and non-verbal communication is critical. And because my team is spearheading our US market expansion, flexibility, ability, and willingness to step in wherever needed is also important for my role within the US Consultant Relations team.
What is the most satisfying/rewarding part of your position? Every day, I’m in communication with people. I love connecting with them and hearing their stories. I often find a way to relate my life to theirs no matter their professional background, mother tongue, or nationality, and that brings me a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction.
Most challenging: The most challenging part of my job has been helping to create a truly international service platform that meets the standards of all of our users. Creating something that works in a variety of different cultures is a big challenge. For example, what Americans find important, such as a high level of customer service, Germans don’t, and vice versa.
What activities/experiences were helpful at CSB/SJU in preparation for this career? Studying abroad in Segovia was the most impactful experience for me at CSB/SJU. I made my closest CSB/SJU friends, and I also made friends with students outside our CSB/SJU group at Instituto del Empresa (IE). Studying abroad opened my eyes to a world that I had hardly explored—and I was already 21! Imagine my haste when I realized how much more I wanted to see and all the people I still wished to meet.