Carmine Mereu – Consultant, Long Term Partners
I graduated from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development in September 2015 and I am now working as a Consultant at Long Term Partners, a Management Consultant firm based in Milan.
Long Term Partners, derived from Bain & Company, offers our clients services in the areas of strategy, organisation, extraordinary finance, and business ventures. As a Consultant, I am responsible for conducting quantitative and financial analysis, benchmarking and mapping of markets and competition, and conducting interviews with top managers and industry experts.
From day one I have been exposed to very challenging tasks and situations such as the development of strategic plans for big corporations that could heavily affect their future. In addition, I also take part in a table of discussions with CEO's and top managers of billion dollar companies, in which I am exposed to their thinking and attitudes.
Whilst studying at Reading I attended an elective course in management which gave me the drive and passion to further develop my understanding in this area, so much so that I won a scholarship from the Chinese Government through the University of Reading to study for an MSc in Management in Shanghai.
I chose to study at Reading due to its high ranking in the league tables. I really benefitted from my time at the University, and I still apply my knowledge surrounding economics and the food sector to my job. It is this knowledge that I feel has given me an advantage in the job market over those who have studied general economics or finance degrees.
Throughout my time at Reading I enjoyed the methodology applied to the programme, the professional atmosphere and learning from knowledgeable professors. If I were to describe my time it would be 'enriching and stimulating', I learnt a huge amount and it has lead me on to finding a very challenging job that makes me happy.