Welcome to 180 Degrees Consulting Vienna!
We are the Vienna branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, a team of passionate and driven students from various disciplines working together on projects with social enterprises and NPOs in order to enhance their social impact.
What we do
We work on innovative, practical and sustainable solutions for non-profits and socially-conscious organisations. Students get to make a difference by improving the way these organisations operate and help them master strategic challenges while receiving valuable individual coaching and feedback by experts. Our highly motivated student consultant teams offer their diverse know-how, passion and time to achieve the greatest social impact for our clients.
Why we do it
There is no shortage of organisations that desire to improve the state of the world. Thousands of non-profits and social enterprises aim to improve education, health, economic and environmental outcomes. Many of them have not reached their full potential and are constrained by limited resources/time/staff and money. We connect the untapped capabilities of Vienna’s top university students with the unmet needs of socially minded organisations. Our student teams offer the right combination of expertise, creativity, and problem-solving ability to establish tailored solutions to problems our project partners are facing.
Why you should join as a consultant
Throughout the project you will develop personally and professionally through workshops, expert coachings and direct project experience. While working together in an interdisciplinary team, you will get first-hand consulting experience and obtain valuable skills, such as problem solving, oral and written communication, creative thinking, client management, and cross-cultural communication. You will be part of a highly passionate and motivated community and at the same time make a significant difference through improving the effectiveness of meaningful organisations.
We are proud to be part of an international and diverse network and look forward to welcoming our next changemakers!
What a semester with us looks like
The consulting projects with the clients last one semester (October-February / March-July). During this period our consultants work in a team of four people and in direct contact with our clients. Additionally, they have the opportunity to attend workshops and professional coaching sessions with our partners (e.g. zeb, Horváth & Partners, BearingPoint). A great 180DC community is important to us – during the semester we organise social events such as running cocktails, bowling evenings or BBQs to build a strong network between our current and past consultants.
First step is the online application: submit your CV and fill out our application form. Please try to keep your answers short and simple – there is no need for an essay. As a second step, you will be invited to our recruiting days. We will introduce our organisation before you will participate in a group and an individual case. After we have assessed the performance and fit of all applicants, we will contact you about your acceptance in the third step.
Do you consider yourself
– motivated, dedicated and passionate
– with a genuine interest in creating social impact
– ready for a potential professional experience in consulting
– and able to commit to 5-10 hours per week to work on an exciting project?
Applications will open again in Fall 2021!
Can I apply if I do not study at WU – University of Business and Economics in Vienna? Do I need to be in a business faculty?
Our consultants have various academic backgrounds from different universities and we are convinced that this is not only highly beneficial for our clients but also for our student consultants and 180DC network. Although some projects may require business knowledge, many aspects of a consulting project do not. The 180DC Vienna team believes that a group of students from diverse backgrounds is essential for a functional and versatile consulting team. We, therefore, encourage students from all faculties to apply.
Can I apply if I do not speak German?
Yes! 50% of our consultants are from non-German-speaking countries, such as USA, Canada, Brasil, Italy or India. All our events, presentations and projects are in English.
Can I apply if I am an exchange student and only in Vienna for one semester?
After a successful application, will I need to complete a “Fellow-Phase”?
No! 180DC Vienna – in opposite to other student consultancies in Vienna – does not have a “Fellow-Phase”. Once you have convinced us at our recruiting days, you are part of a team that works together on a project with one of our clients.
Can I apply although I am still completing my bachelor’s?
Of course! 50% of our consultants are bachelor students, 50% are master students.
Can I apply without any consulting experience?
Yes. Although we do consider previous consulting experience an advantage, a significant proportion of our current team joined with no prior consulting background. We have a network of dedicated mentors and professional partners to improve all our members’ consulting abilities. What is more important to us is an inquisitive mind, hard work and a willingness to learn.
How many hours will I have to invest in my 180DC project per week?
As a consultant 5-8 hours per week, as a team leader 8-10 hours. It is definitely manageable next to your studies.
How is COVID-19 affecting your operations?
After completing two full consulting cycles this spring and summer partly remotely, we have been able to learn a lot from our experiences. This fall, our assessment center will be held online in order to protect our board as well as all applicants. Throughout the semester, the situation will continuously be evaluated. The current plan would be to achieve a mix of in-person as well as online events. This also depends on the whereabouts of our consultants. If you are not in Vienna due to distance learning, this does not automatically disqualify you from applying. Simply let us know in your application!