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 Tim’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 spent a year working in startups/ consulting when living in Sydney. I then joined a great boutique consultancy called Ninety in London before contracting at Google as a Strategy & Operations manager.
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
I had planned to go travelling after my contract finished at Easter so I suddenly had some unexpected time on my hands. I had heard about Generation when working for Google’s foundation and when Movemeon said they were looking for support it seemed like a great fit.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
Generation helps young people into sustainable jobs of the future and as young people have been disproportionately affected economically by COVID there is more need than ever for them to be supported. We’re a team of three – Patrick helping with CRM strategy and Alex working with me on employer partnerships. We are helping them launch a new programme focussed on Data Engineering. Both members of the Generation team that we’re working with have a consulting background (McKinsey/ OC&C) so it’s great to get their wisdom during the process. Their team also has a fantastic warm culture which is a welcome change and fun to be a part of.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
My contract at Google was due to finish at Easter and I was looking forward to going travelling after. It means I will probably stick in London for a bit longer now and I’m looking at new contracts/ perm roles at the moment. It has been a difficult period as I’m sure it has been for lots of people.
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
I read a lot more which is a positive. Laps around Clapham Common is also a new daily ritual.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
As we’re writing Boris has given us some more freedom. The first point of call will be expanding the invite list of Saturday BBQs. Long term, playing squash again is the dream.
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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