Tell us a little about what you have been working on this fall.
In my first project in THEMA I worked on power price hedging, talking to different actors about their hedging needs and analysing the overall hedging possibilities in the Norwegian power market. It was an interesting project where I got to use my background from economics. I have also been working on a project looking at the transport sector and specifically different low-carbon energy carriers in buses. I’m currently working on a long-term project on securing future grid capacity.
I have been involved in two of our reports, the Power Market Outlook and the Technology Outlook. In the first one I was mostly responsible for writing the chapters on the power forecast for the Southern Europe countries (Italy, Portugal, and Spain). For the Technology Outlook I was responsible for the chapters on Onshore and Offshore wind. I have also been involved in some client projects and in furthering developing our modelling tool.
This fall I have mostly been working on strategy-related projects, ranging from market analyses to helping companies developing new corporate strategies. I’m looking forward to being even more invested in future projects in THEMA. I can definitely say that you will never have a dull day here! There is always something new to learn, exiting new projects and helpful and great colleagues.
Pedro, you were an experienced hire. Do you think THEMA differs from your previous employers? And if so, how?
THEMA is quite different from my previous employers. Although I always worked in relatively small-sized companies, the working environment at THEMA is especially good, with lots of social activities and interesting learning opportunities. There is a strong focus on competence building, and we try to make sure that everyone has an idea of the different projects the company is involved in.
Iris, have you worked on something this fall that you really didn’t think you would be doing in a full-time job as a consultant?
In THEMA we usually do something social after work at least once a month, varying from CrossFit to river paddling to quiz. I was lucky to be included in the social committee, and I did not expect to be having so much fun planning events in a full-time job as a consultant. It is a fun addition to my other tasks and projects!
Celine, you came to THEMA straight from school. Is there anything that has surprised you about working life in general and THEMA in particular?
What surprised me the most is how helpful everyone has been during my first months. It was a big transition to go from school and jump right into client projects on day two, but it has been a lot of fun and I have gained so much new knowledge and learned a lot about myself. The working environment at THEMA is very good and you really feel like you are creating value for both our clients and the company every day.
All, what has been the most memorable event during your first months at THEMA?
There has been many memorable events during my first months at THEMA, both social and work-related. However, I do think the Berlin trip in October tops the list, as it was both academically interesting and a great way to get to know my colleagues better!
It is hard to choose just one moment. During my first months I have been involved in projects since early on. Although this has been challenging, it has been also a great chance to develop my skills and learn new things, and quickly get up to date to what the company does and how it functions. At the same time, there has been also many enjoyable moments in the social events the company promotes.
The most memorable event must be our trip to Berlin. I had a lot of fun with all my new colleagues, and I got to know who everyone is outside the office! It is inspiring that THEMA is so invested in growing and succeeding outside of Norway as well.
Thank you all for great contributions so far, we look forward to the continuation!