Business graduate becomes global consultant

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Business graduate becomes global consultant


17 March 2014

A 27-year-old former Buderim resident who completed a degree in International Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast has gained a position in London with a global information technology, consulting and outsourcing firm.

Nikita Ahrens, who graduated in 2009 with a USC Bachelor of Business (International Business), now lives in Wimbledon and works for Wipro Ltd, which has 145,000 employees and serves more than 900 clients in 57 countries.

The company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2000, posted revenues of $6.9 billion for the 12 months ended 31 March, 2013.

Ms Ahrens joined the company as an Associate Consultant in its Transformation and Change Team just over a year ago, after she finished six months’ travelling in Europe.

She has been working on a maritime assurance project at a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with about 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries and territories.

“Wipro has helped design and build a business process and IT solution to facilitate effective, consistent assessment and assurance of the risks associated with the company’s Shipping and Maritime business activities,” she said.

“Over the duration of my time on the project my role has included project communications, stakeholder management, planning, building and delivering training, and coordinating user testing of the application.   “Currently I am helping manage the deployment of the application to the various businesses globally”.

Ms Ahrens said working as a consultant was full of variety and challenges.

“I have been able to work in a variety of industries, at diverse companies, on different projects and in varied roles,” she said.

“It’s intellectually very stimulating and I’m constantly learning. Working on a consulting project, there is immense satisfaction when you see what you have delivered has made a real difference and benefited the client.”

Ms Ahrens decided to travel after three years working in Australia for Accenture, another world-leading organisation providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services.

“I first worked as a business analyst with Accenture’s System Integration Team in Canberra before transferring to the Brisbane office where I moved into Change Management,” she said.

She said USC’s hands-on approach to learning gave her a solid foundation.

“My degree taught me the knowledge and skills required to work in the international business environment and my final USC course, Management Strategy, steered me in the direction of consultancy,” she said.

Ms Ahrens also gained great experience from two overseas trips as part of her degree.

“I spent a summer at the University of Kassel in Germany as part of USC’s GO (Global Opportunities) program and a number of weeks in South Korea undertaking research as part of my Export Management course.”

— Julie Schomberg

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