Meet one of our Associates
Heidi Gjersø Thaulow
We had a chat with Eloïse Langaker, an Associate at Arkwright. Discover why she became a consultant and how her daily work directly contributes to affect the Norwegian financial services landscape.
Tell us about your background!
I took a pretty non-traditional way to consulting! I have a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, where I originally went into their Operations Research and Financial Engineering department. After 2 years there, I started to long for a bit more breadth, and switched into Liberal Arts. I ended up majoring in Religion & Philosophy, writing my thesis on how Sharia law is interpreted by our secular courts in Norway. After university, I spent a year working on mass-serialization and anti-counterfeiting measures with a start-up (Kezzler), before sending in my application to Arkwright.
Why did you choose consulting?
I’m quite a curious person, and can find just about anything interesting if I get to know it better. Consulting seemed to be a field where you are exposed to a wide variety of sectors and technologies, which was a natural continuation to my previous experience. At the same time, I wanted to be pushed to my limits, both in terms of a sharp learning curve as well as delivering uncompromising quality.
What is great about management consulting?
As mentioned previously, I love how broad the projects are. Additionally, there are few careers where you are interacting with decision-makers from day 1 – it’s exhilarating to know that decisions you have contributed to will directly affect the Norwegian financial landscape. I should also mention that the structure of management consulting lends itself well to personal coaching and follow-up, which allows quicker development. You are judged on merit, nothing else.
Tell us about some of the projects you have worked on in your time at Arkwright so far?
My first major project was in aquaculture, looking at new technologies for land-based salmon production. It’s one of my favourite industries to work with, because it is on the cusp of a new era – moving away from small, low-tech farms to professionalized systems, with a lot of ideas and capital floating around. This development is driven by a need for energy-efficient food to feed the future, as well as more environmentally sustainable aquaculture methods. Similarly, I’ve done quite a lot of work with offshore drilling automation. While it might seem very different compared to aquaculture, the main drivers are there: the desire to support future human endeavour, but in a more sustainable and safe way. In this project, whatever we were looking at would turn up in the news 2 weeks later. It’s fun to feel like you’re ahead of the curve!
How would you describe the culture at Arkwright?
It’s a bit cliché to say, but I’ve gotten to know some of my best friends here. When you’re working a tight deadline, you get to see people at their best and their worst, and I think it breeds a deep admiration and respect for your colleagues. You’re not going to deliver a great project if you don’t truly believe that the people you’re working with support you, and are all aligned in wanting excellence. We also have some great events throughout the year which nobody misses – I’m looking forward to the Associate trip to Barcelona this fall!
Do you have any tips for aspiring consultants looking to land a job at Arkwright?
Consulting is high-demand, but also high-reward. Great academic performance and demonstrated engagement in your personal life will take you far – and it doesn’t necessarily need to be the traditional package (look at me!). Preparing well for interviews (including case prep) and researching the company will also be to your advantage. Last but not least, send in an application! You’re never going to get the job if you don’t apply, and we would love to consider you.
“There are few careers where you are interacting with decision-makers from day 1 – it’s exhilarating to know that decisions you have contributed to will directly affect the Norwegian financial landscape.”