Everyday life in THEMA

    Associate Consultant

    Utku Gürsal

    What inspired you to join a company that focuses on energy and the green transition?

    As having studied renewable energy for my master’s studies, I have strong motivation towards this area. Not only because the positive values of contributing to green transition, but also energy sector consists of many areas such as modelling, policy & regulation, finance which makes the related projects even more versatile and interesting.

    How has the company supported your professional growth and development since you joined?

    The company gives me confidence on working even more independent and give me the attitude of questioning any information and challenging myself.

    How would you describe the balance between work and life at THEMA?

    From the time that I join THEMA, I feel already the importance that THEMA gives the work-life balance with joint sport activities, team-building activities and many more. Therefore, this reflects the mentality of working more efficiently by having also valuable time for personal activities.

    Tell me about a skill you have developed in THEMA, that you did not expect?

    So far, I believe I have increased my adaptation to different IT tools or programmes that I have never used before. I am gaining more confidence I can familiarize myself with a new program or model quite easily and fast.

    Can you share an example of a company value that resonates with you personally? 

    (Trusted and independent, Forward-thinking and dependable, Clear and relevant)

    In my opinion, Thema allows and encourages its employees to work independently and taking initiative. In this regard, even in my first months, I have the chance to be part of also sales processes and experience different fields of consulting.



    Utku Gürsal

    Associate Consultant

    Fnan Bashay Berhie

    What is a typical project you are working on?

    As an economist in THEMA, I get to undertake quite diverse tasks. For example, I have worked with the energy systems’ importance for climate change and mapping the demand, supply, and storage/transfer of energy. In addition to assessment of framework conditions and existing and new measures for achieving the goals for climate.

    In THEMA every employee has a mentor, what does that mean in practice?

    My mentor has functioned as a kind of “Big brother” who has more experience than me in terms of career, as well as in other aspects of life. I would say my mentor provides me with professional support, as well as security in my daily working as a recent graduate. I must also mention that ping-pong matches are a matter of course in the mentoring-ship!

    Can you share a memorable social event from your time here in THEMA?

    It must be from when I was part of this year’s Christmas party committee, and we arranged in my opinion THEMA’s greatest Christmas party of all times with lots of good food and fun games.

    What do a typical day in THEMA include, except from project work? Except from project related tasks, I would say typical days for me include chatting with several associates/colleagues, share stories and building relations. Daily lunches in the canteen are a priority for all. We also have regular meetings with the different community groups with a focus on professional development and self-development.

    Can you share an example of a company value that resonates with you personally?

    (Trusted and independent, Forward-thinking and dependable, Clear and relevant)

    Forward-thinking and dependable maybe. THEMA is a solid company who continuously develop to deliver high-quality work. I have always strived to learn new things and challenge myself to develop knowledge and gain skills.






    Fnan Bashay Berhie

    Consultant

    Ida Langseth

    I started at THEMA in August 2021 as a recent graduate from a two-year master’s program in energy and environment from NTNU. Before this, I took a bachelor’s degree in renewable energy, and during those studies I gained a greater interest in the challenges of the energy transition related to the power grid, and therefore I later chose to specialize in electrical power systems. During my studies, I had an internship at THEMA and was introduced to the consultant role and how we work with current issues and create real value for the customer and society.

    THEMA has been a very nice place to start my career. You are included in projects from day one and get to learn from the best in the industry. I feel that my competence is valued, while I learn something new every day as competence sharing holds a special focus. As a new employee I was welcomed by pleasant colleagues. Most of us sit in the office and we get to know each other quite well. In addition, we do fun activities outside of work together.

    During my first year, I have worked on many exciting issues, including design of regulations for grid companies, mapping of flexibility for grid companies, development of a revenue model for batteries, and have become part of the market analysis team at THEMA. Here I get the opportunity to work with quantitative analyses linked to our power market model and follow the energy transition in Europe closely.

    Ida Langseth

    Consultant

    Lukas Feldhaus

    I started my work in THEMA´s Berlin office in April 2022, after developing and analysing energy and climate policies for governments in Eastern Europe for one and a half years in a previous position. Before that, I studied physics and international affairs, due to my interest in the nexus of economics, politics and science.

    In THEMA, I am thankful for the opportunity to combine aspects of natural science, economics, policymaking and business analysis. As it is embedded in all these fields, the energy transition from fossils to renewables is both urgent and challenging. My colleagues at THEMA work hard and skillfully to find solutions to these challenges. From day one, I was involved in a variety of projects, ranging from electrification studies, via power price forecasts, to economic analyses of nascent technologies.

    I am excited to learn from my colleagues and bring their knowledge and expertise to the German market. While I already enjoy working with quantitative models and am eager to support the energy transition, I am especially happy about the calm, appreciative and learning-oriented work environment at THEMA, which makes it easy to find solutions in even the most difficult situations.

    Lukas Feldhaus