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.
We must state that we are completely aware of the situation (as we, too, are students with families and friends) and are in the process of adapting everything we can do digital. Teams will be working remotely and events are postponed, but we will maintain as much communication as possible to provide the highest level quality and experience we can.
The NGOs and organisations we serve are still functioning and serving people – and we aim to support them as much as we can in times that would certainly further the gap between the support they need and what they receive.
As such, we see this as an opportunity to increase the support we want to give, learn and grow as we adapt to uncertain times. We’re all in this together and we believe that it is especially important now to use our collective energy (and free time!) to supporting others and fostering relationships.
Your 180DC Vienna Team
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. Second step After successfully completing the first step, you will be invited to our recruiting days. We will introduce our organisation before you will participate in a group case. There are several breaks and enough time to network in between! Third step After the group case, there will be a personal interview and a short individual case.
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 in September.
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.