Meet strategy consultancy at Oliver Wyman’s business course

17 October 2022 2 min. read
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Master’s students who want to know what it’s like to work as a strategy consultant can get a taste of the action, at Oliver Wyman’s latest business course taking place at the beginning of December in its Amsterdam office.

Due to its diverse nature, high-impact impact work, and opportunities to enjoy a steep learning path, a career in strategy consulting is highly sought after by new graduates. But what exactly does the job of a strategy consultant entail? And what is it like to work for an international firm?

On the 1st and 2nd of December 2022, Oliver Wyman aims to answer these questions and more at its latest business course. During the two-day event in the Dutch capital city, graduates will receive the chance to examine a typical, real-life strategic issue of one of Oliver Wyman's retail clients: Pieter Pot.

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Oliver Wyman’s business course, ‘Sustainable Grocery Retail with Pieter Pot’, focuses on the packaging-free online supermarket. Pieter Pot has made it its mission to reduce plastic packaging waste from groceries, instead selling its groceries in reusable glass jars and other sustainable packaging. According to Oliver Wyman, the case study offers an excellent insight into what strategy consultancy entails, demonstrating “how we advise our clients to achieve long-term impact”.

The programme includes an overnight stay, inviting participants to experience all aspects of the strategy consulting profession, such as working on a challenging case with a diverse team. In addition, they will receive training and workshops delivered by Oliver Wyman’s experts.

The participants (around 20 students will make the cut) are also assigned a coach to guide them and provide feedback for their personal development throughout the programme.

Valuable experience

Two participants from previous editions can confirm that the business course offers valuable insights into the strategy field. Raquel Salazar Martín, who participated in the 2020 edition of the business course, explained that the previous set of workshops and fun social activities had helped her learn a lot about the consulting industry “from multiple angles.”

She added, “There was a lot of engagement and I felt comfortable asking all my questions or participating in the various interesting discussions.”

Similarly, Jochem Huismans found his previous participation in the event only strengthened his desire to kickstart his career in strategy consulting. The various problem-solving techniques that were presented to him during the event not only helped him prepare for his job interviews, but also led to an internship offer at the office.

“It was exactly this setup that gave me a first-hand experience of the diverse and down-to-earth culture at Oliver Wyman,” he expanded.

Both individuals now work as consultants at the Amsterdam office of Oliver Wyman. The firm is one of the largest consultancies in the world, specialising in strategy and business transformation risk. Worldwide, the organisation employs 6,000 professionals in more than 30 countries.