From Engineering to Consulting: Jacob Buus’ Impactful Journey as a graduate at Valcon

About Jacob

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from DTU
  • Part of Valcon’s Operations and Supply Chain capability

How did you end up at Valcon?

My initial interest in engineering-focused consulting began with a few guest lectures from various management and operations consulting firms during my university days. From there, I started pursuing more consulting-directed classes and content with clear tools and capabilities built into the curriculum. I also spoke with friends employed in various consulting firms, ranging from small very niche firms to the classic American ones. One of these companies was Valcon, which immediately stood out to me. I started pursuing a career at Valcon, first as a junior consultant alongside my studies and later as a graduate.


What attracted you to Valcon as an employer?

Upon my first introduction to Valcon, I took particular interest in the company’s culture and size. The environment allows for rapid personal growth and exposure to major clients and projects, all without compromising work-life balance.

What has been the highlight of being a graduate at Valcon so far?

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to client projects from day one. This opportunity enables rapid on-the-job development and learning from colleagues. Additionally, the feeling of being able to impact your surroundings, both towards clients and internally, is unique to Valcon.


What has surprised you the most about working at Valcon?

The level of responsibility and ownership I was given at an early stage of my career initially caught me by surprise. However, this would prove to be a significant part of my professional life in Valcon.

The level of responsibility and ownership I was given at an early stage of my career initially caught me by surprise.
Jacob Buus, Valcon Graduate

Biggest challenge as a graduate so far?

In my journey as a graduate consultant, I’ve strived to be more than just the person behind the slides. It’s been a dance between diving deep into a myriad of projects and internal tasks, ensuring full engagement without feeling overwhelmed or stretched. The challenge will continue as I progress, and I am learning a lot about myself. Although challenging, I believe that finding this balance will be immensely beneficial.


Advice to other applicants?

I would focus on two key items: Firstly, bring your personality into the application. Share not just your background, but also who you are on a more personal level. Secondly, address why Valcon (or any other potential employer) interests you. This showcases that you have done your due diligence to familiarise yourself with the company, while also prompting you to reflect on whether this would be a good match.


How do you see your future with Valcon?

I plan to remain in consulting for the foreseeable future, as I enjoy the ever-changing landscape and the opportunity to learn tremendously as we progress with exciting projects and agendas across industries. I genuinely enjoy the consulting environment and being surrounded by like-minded peers with high drive and energy, all working on creating real-world impact in close collaboration with our clients.