What was your professional career path before MERITUS?
After my bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Mannheim I am currently doing a gap year to gain some more practical experience in controlling, finance, and consulting. In autumn I will start my master’s degree. Before joining MERITUS, I completed several internships for example in accounting, tax and auditing.
How did your first week at MERITUS look like?
In the first days of my onboarding week I got to know all employees and was able settle in all right. I also received a lot of input about the company and its working methods. The training sessions on important Powerpoint and Excel applications and on liquidity planning were very helpful. Overall, the first week was very useful and I still use my onboarding folder frequently.
Which tasks do you take over during your internship at MERITUS?
Right at the beginning I was integrated as a full team member in a project for a customer in the metal processing sector. First, I supported the colleagues in their tasks, but then I was quickly responsible for some smaller parts of the project. My tasks included market and competitive analyses and the presentation of results in form of PowerPoint charts, but also helping to find appropriate solutions for the client.
What characteristics do you value most in your colleagues?
I was warmly welcomed by everyone on my first day and fully integrated into the team. My colleagues always take the time to answer my questions and actively offer help, even if they themselves are very busy. I particularly like the fact that everyone at MERITUS is happy with their colleagues when they have achieved something extraordinary, be it professionally or privately. I do not take this for granted.
Which key learnings do you take with you from your internship at MERITUS?
From a professional point of view I have developed an understanding of how to analyze processes in a company and how to use this knowledge within a consulting project. For the first time, I was involved in the development of a solution for the customer from start to finish, which was very exciting for me. Thanks to the regular feedback from my superiors and colleagues, which is always honest and appreciative, I was also able to develop my skill enormously during my internship at MERITUS.
What advice would you give a newcomer to MERITUS?
Just ask questions! You don’t have to be afraid of asking questions here, as your colleagues support you at all times and questions are not perceived as negative or disturbing. After all, you can’t know everything at the beginning and MERITUS is all about learning and developing.