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The Pride and Prejudice of Consulting (P.S. Not Anymore 😉)
Are you really scared or are you just assuming of us?
God — Consulting is intimidating!
The way consulting firms and other student-led organisations always identify themselves with such poise and cool formal blazers intimidate novices. I bet if you’re reading this, you’re imagining this sophisticated, brain-smart, but weary person in your head. They looked like they knew they were a curated community for a reason — good reasons — and people outside their circle could only tiptoe and see from afar. The pride it precedes and the prejudice it shapes. It comes so unconsciously that the word Consulting holds so much identity that it influences the way how people look at it. And it wasn’t in a bad way. It just makes it unapproachable to some people.
Knowing that Consulting sounds exclusive and tiring, we used to cater to the idea of it and try to break the stigma by putting out contents that would make the audience know more about consulting and how it’s done. And during the pinnacle of Hustle Culture Phenomenon, we also bridge ourselves to help our audience — who are mainly undergraduate students — in exiting the ‘Toxic Productivity’ and ‘Fear of Missing Out’ phase by releasing content to remind the people to take a step back and treat themselves easier. Find the content here.
However, there’s a call for an imminent perception shift. We found that the prejudices were so latched into the community that some regard us as unapproachable and avoid us. It made people who were interested to join backed away because of these assumptions. We noticed that it wasn’t what we wanted and decided to shift our stance.
We believe that everyone, regardless of experience and knowledge, deserves to learn about Consulting if they are interested. After all, we strive for collaborations and the ensemble experience of it is to include everyone — no exceptions.
Hence, we take a big step to rebranding with CloSER: Collaborative, Socially-driven, Excellent, and Responsible.
As our President, Schalke Anindya, said in her remarks: “To maximise the potential of social organisations while ultimately developing social impact leaders.” Read here. We understand the position of 180 Degrees UGM is unique as we are able to reach out both professionals and undergraduate students to collaborate in making an impact within the society. With our disposition, we want to embrace both sides through our rebranding commitment.
To us, Consulting is not a lifestyle — nor is it an advantageous position to uphold. But it is a way to create footprint within the society through problem-solving skills. We do not believe in linear intelligence, but rather a dynamic learning process. Hence, through our new approach, we hope to influence and encourage our members — wherever they are right now — to grow together with us.
So, no. Consulting is not an intimidating way of life. Sure — It has its reputation that precedes, but in 180 Degrees Consulting, we would like to see you grow together with us. And we are glad to onboard fifty new members of 180 Degrees Consulting UGM for the batch of 2022/2023. We hope to create footprints for the next year and help you in deciding if Consulting is something that you really want. Whatever the choice, we would always be here to take you in every step of the way.
So, raise your glass and cheer for the new batch of 180 Degrees Consulting UGM!
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