Meet alumnus Philipp Kruse
MSC in MANAging people, knowledge and change
What does a human capital consultant do? And what is it actually like working in one of the Big Four companies? Alumnus Philipp Kruse sure knows, and shares his passion for people and how LUSEM prepared him for a career at Deloitte.
Philipp, tell us about what you do today!
I am working as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Austria within the Human Capital practice. As a human capital consultant, I support companies in mastering almost any kind of workforce-related challenges: future of work, organizational development, corporate culture, employer branding, leadership development – you name it. Sometimes, I consult the clients alone and sometimes I work in bigger project team structures, often interdisciplinary within Deloitte’s huge network. It’s obvious that my job is super flexible and diverse. It’s never boring for sure and you see many different things – one of the perks of working in consulting.
What is the main reason you work with what you do?
I think the role that people have in organizations with all their different mindsets, ambitions, backgrounds, competences etc. is super interesting. I want to understand how people act in teams and different job situations and, in the end, how they take effect as one of every company's most important business factor – now and in the future of work. Consulting is a branch where I have the chance to observe and analyze but also support those dynamics in so many different environments.
How did LUSEM prepare you for working life and a career within consulting?
Many topics discussed in my Master’s programme match with what I deal with now. It prepared me to quickly dive into and understand the circumstances and situations that clients are facing. Additionally, keeping a critical mindset and questioning the status quo is crucial for consultants if you want to improve things. This is also something that our lecturers were very keen to instil in us. This got especially interesting when you started questioning their very own theories. Finally, but most importantly, I got to know a lot of awesome and smart people and new friends. If you want you can also call it a new or bigger network from the professional point of view.
I support companies in mastering almost any kind of workforce-related challenges: future of work, organizational development, corporate culture, employer branding, leadership development – you name it.
What advice would you give yourself if you started your studies now?
Appreciate Lund as this amazing place to study every day and enjoy it to the fullest. Travel around Sweden more!
Tell us about your expectations for the future
First, I am looking forward to the time after this crazy pandemic that we’re having right now. So, I hope to travel, go to concerts and enjoy long evenings in a bar. From a professional perspective, I expect to continue building my career and further sharpening my professional profile. Luckily, you can do both pretty well in consulting. Besides that, it’s my ambition to, in one way or another; influence other people’s (work)life in a positive way. Sounds cheesy but, in the end, this is also what you do working as a Human Capital consultant.
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