Samantha van Urk, Analyst
University College London
MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience
Amsterdam University College
BSc, Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Amsterdam
Propaedeutic Diploma, Political Science
Before applying to Eden McCallum, I studied Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, coordinated volunteers in a refugee camp, graduated with a major in pre-med from Amsterdam University College, spent time as an emergency aid worker on the shores of Lesbos, and worked as a Behavioural Science consultant at a start-up company in London.
What do neuroscience, refugee work, medicine and consulting have in common, you might wonder. In all honesty, I had studied and worked in these various fields mainly because I have many interests, a love for relatively short-lived projects, and an aversion to working without passion.
Before I realised that management consulting was a profession, I had almost given into the idea of either becoming a researcher who would perhaps somewhat unhappily spend the rest of her life solitarily exploring neurons, or a VW-van-owner kick-starting her own wacky projects… That was until I met a consultant who told me that there are some great employers – such as Eden McCallum – who perhaps might value my generalist skills.
Now, nearly 2 years into the job, I am extremely happy I decided to work in strategy consulting. I can still take my career in many different directions, now equipped with a solid professional toolkit. It probably sounds cliché, but the more projects I work on, the more I realise that the ability to structure problems and take an executive view from day 1 is really something that sets you apart. After Eden McCallum, you can apply this to whatever and wherever you want.Return to Analyst/Associate Perspectives