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Case Study: Verena Mengin

Personal details
Degree:MA in Economics and Management Profile picture
School(s): School of Economics and Finance, School of Management
Year of Graduation:Jul-1995
National of: Italy
Employment details
Organisation: Mengin Consulting
Job title: Owner Senior Consultant Coach Mediator Organisational and Personal Development
Occupational Sector: Management Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?
Working at: EURAC - South Tyrol Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen - Svizzerland mengin consulting GMBH - Svizzerland CCM CONSULTOING AG - Svizzerland mengin consulting - Italy
What does your job involve ?

I am a consultant for national and international companies. My specialist areas are strategy development, organizational aspects, development of HR, and HR-Management. I work with employees which allows us to reach accepted changes in the working environment. We always focus on developing the company and the people working in it. To have success in this type of job you need a lot of theoretical knowledge and experience of how companies work and behave. Start early to investigate the different sectors and the structure of companies (eg family owned, private and public organisations).

The most important attitude is to have an inquiring mind, a highly creative attitude and the determination to be different to the mainstream. You may also have to experience different cultures and use a variety of languages.

What are the best bits of your job ?

The best bits of my jobs are that every day you have to cope with something new. Be prepared to learn new things and to adapt to an ever changing environment.

Why were you successful?

I was successful because I started working in different family companies when I was 13 years old.  This allowed me to learn a lot, to see the different working processes, from client needs through to the production of goods, and financial aspects.

I have always worked with different collaborators and I really have passed all steps in companies all over Europe and in different sectors. I think I was also successful because I have an enquiring mind.  I like to communicate with people and learn new things.

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

As I have done my studies in different states, Austria, Italy and Scotland, I have found that studying in St Andrews was the best way for me. The correlation between know how and real live business was perfect. The direct contact to teachers, lecturers and people from the economic world helped me to have an immediate connection between theory and practical working. Also very helpful was the small number of students in the class. Having had experience of classes of over 1000 people it was great to have a class of max. 10 people and tutorials of 4-5. Also important was the way of teaching: a high amount of practical inputs, case studies, best practice – great.

What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

Always be open to learning new experiences.