The feedback I get from every recruiter while applying for an internship/summer job is that they are looking for a candidate with diverse work experience. They would ask me to broaden my professional experience and apply again. That’s when I realized that there would be intense competition in the job hunt after I graduate. It was now a necessity to build my professional profile and it needed to be done before graduation.
I started looking for volunteer internships and summer jobs particularly in the field of my interest. And that was when I chanced upon an opportunity that had a blend of social entrepreneurship, social impact, and business consulting – a perfect mix of interests. It was volunteer work with a 180 Degree Consulting.
180 DC is the largest consultancy for nonprofits and social enterprises. It is mainly a student-run organization that provides high quality consulting to social enterprises. They recruit around 15-20 people and offer projects from global and local NGOs and nonprofits. The projects would be about a specific challenge or hypothesis that needs to be tested.
As part of the volunteer consultant, I am working with a startup that produces carbon-negative materials and aims to remove a gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere in the next one decade. The problem statement is to find appropriate markets and market channels for the enterprise to expand its impact.
The best thing about the volunteership is the professional experience that I am able to achieve. I am able to meet people from various other universities in Stockholm such as KI, SSE, and SU. Working with them involves a lot of new learning and perspectives since they come from an entirely different background that I wasn’t exposed to. We are mentored by a well known professional consulting firm which adds leaps of personal learning, exposure, and industrial network.
In all, I find it important to keep working on gaining experience and learning to remain relevant in the industrial space. Do comment below if you have other tips and advice on being competitive in the job market.