Consultants Against COVID-19: Patrick Huang supports Generation UK

Consultants Against COVID-19: Patrick Huang supports Generation UK

In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.

40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Patrick’s journey to supporting Generation. Generation supports disadvantaged young people to build thriving, sustainable careers and to provide employers with the highly-skilled, motivated talent they need to improve business outcomes.

Where did you start your career/where are you going?

I started as a management consultant in the CRM practice for IBM US, focusing on improving the customer experience across channels for large corporations. After completing an MBA in 2013, I wanted to make a bigger impact so I decided to apply my expertise to startups and growing businesses. I eventually became the COO for a fintech startup in Kenya and since then, I have transitioned to both serving as a strategic/operational advisor and taking on operational roles (COO or similar roles) for startups and growing businesses.

What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?

I recognized that COVID-19 has a huge economic impact on countries and individuals. Although my situation was a bit inconvenienced, I realized that there are others who are in far more dire situations. Although I was fully engaged in various roles and projects, I wanted to explore how I could contribute in any way.

What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?

As a pro-bono CRM consultant for Generation UK, I am supporting an upcoming data engineering boot camp. My key focus is to attract more employers to hire graduates from the boot camp by improving the current end-to-end employer journey for this program and future programs.
Although the project is still ongoing, I have learned how to adapt my CRM and marketing expertise to an innovative organization in the social impact sector.

How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?

Fortunately, I have been working remote for almost two years so I was used to working from home. Personally, my partner (she also works remotely) and I had recently transitioned to a digital nomad lifestyle with the intent to travel around and explore Europe. Although we had started a couple of months ago, we had to stay put in Edinburgh, Scotland due to the pandemic and the travel restrictions.

What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?

Surprisingly, I am taking on more opportunities during this pandemic. I am extremely fortunate to still contribute and hope to continue. Personally, I am taking the time to read more (science fiction is my favourite genre and currently reading Snow Crash which was way ahead of its time) and explore the arts especially Tate Modern’s online showcases.

Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?

Travel! Or at least, a short trip within Europe. I am also looking forward to catching a play or visiting a contemporary art museum once they open.

Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon

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