Amit Naik is a Management Consultant at EY in Sydney. He participated in the Global Business Practicum in July 2015 and completed a project for Spaceframe in Shanghai, China. He graduated with a Master of Management in 2015.
Where are you working now?
I’m currently a Management Consultant with EY, based in Sydney. I joined the firm in February 2016 after graduating from the Melbourne Business School and I’ve had the opportunity to work across a multitude of roles and diverse client portfolios since then. I started out as a Consultant, focused on the Risk practice and have recently been promoted to a senior role within the Technology space.
Did your experience in the Global Business Practicum influence your career path?
It had a direct and invaluable alignment to my current career path. The opportunity to work in a strategic problem-solving environment with direct client contact is now what my day-to-day role consists of. The Global Business Practicum really trains you to understand and delve into the mindset of an organisation and understand everything from stakeholder management to data analysis, to value proposition definition. I feel that the relationships I’ve built with my clients today have been a direct result of the skills I learned during the GBP.
What was your most memorable moment in the Global Business Practicum?
Coming from an IT background, I had the opportunity to work on a social-media and digital driven client for the GBP. The project was delivered successfully and gave me great, valuable insight into the organisational context. My most memorable moment was being recognised by the client for my personal interest and skillset in developing, building and servicing websites – who after the delivery of our project personally requested I stay on as a team member to provide website advice and services. It was great to have that recognition above and beyond just a grade
Do you have any words of wisdom for new students taking Global Business Practicum?
Don’t be shy. Don’t be afraid to take on the new opportunities that present themselves to you, no matter how difficult you feel they might be. I’m glad I pushed myself to ask all the questions I wanted, no matter how silly. Also focus on networking and showcasing your skills where you can, people will remember you for them. Who knows, it could even lead to your dream job!
If you had to describe your Management Consulting experiences in three words, what would they be?
Absolutely worth it.