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, Wonderwerk, Simon Kucher, KPMG, 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.

Excited?

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?

Then join us for the fall semester 2020/21!

Our application period is now closed and will reopen at the end of September.

If you have any questions write us an email or contact us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn!

FAQs

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?
Yes!

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!

 

For further questions please send an email to [email protected] or contact us via Facebook or Instagram or LinkedIn.

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Sample of Consulting Projects

  • UbiGo

    Area: Sustainable Transportation
    Year: 2017

    UbiGo is a social enterprise which is tackling the problem of increasing individual car rides in rural areas. Due to intensive research since the foundation in 2014, the company gained broad know-how about transportation in Austria and sustainable mobility alternatives. The market UbiGo is acting in as a First Mover consist of more than 500 municipalities with up to 15.000 citizens who are satisfying their mobility needs by individual car rides. The mission of UbiGo is to transform mobility to a socially and economically sustainable system.

    "We were very pleased by the professionalism on the various levels of engagement with the organisation and the whole project team, and also very impressed on the time, effort and commitment that went into the project from the consultants' side."
  • AMREF

    Area: Healthcare
    Year: 2017

    AMREF Austria is the Austrian branch of the largest African health development NGO based on the African continent. Their main goal is to improve medical care in Africa by empowering communities and by doing so, enhancing education and reducing poverty in urban, as well as, in rural areas. The organization supports particularly women and children to build their knowledge, skills and means to improve their health.

    "Some recommendations are already implemented, some are on the way and in discussions with our international partners."
  • goood

    Area: Social Mobile Contractor
    Year: 2018

    goood is a social business with the goal of creating a community based on respect, responsibility and sympathy. To do so, they have established themselves as an innovative and social mobile provider. The organization consists of a German and Austrian team with long-standing expertise in mobile communications and non-profit work. goood offers customers different kinds of mobile contracts, where 10% of the monthly payments are donated to social organizations. The uniqueness is that the customers make the decision which organization will receive the donations. In addition, goood donates 25% of their entire profits to projects with social causes.

    "Right after the meeting we implemented the proposed referral program. Check out www.goood-mobile.at/klimaschutztarif."

Sponsors

Partners

Horváth & Partners

Simon-Kucher

zeb

BearingPoint

KPMG

e-fellows.net

JE Austria

Leadership Institute