I would still love to go up into space one day, and I’m sure that when they have a new call for astronauts, I will be there.
”My interest in space was sparked early on. My favourite book when I was six was about some kids who built their own space ship and travelled the solar system. Since then I’ve been fascinated about how the universe works.
Completing a PHD in astrophysics is not the traditional route into Maersk. What makes the PHD relevant to consultancy is the approach. A PHD is all about dealing with abstract ideas and solving complex problems. It’s about applying method and logic. Often when you are called in as a consultant, the person calling you hasn’t formulated in their own mind what the problem is that needs to be solved. You have to do a bit of detective work, figuring out where to put one's lens to take a closer look.
My astrophysics background also means that I have the advantage of having a more technical understanding of things, so being able to talk passionately about flow meters or something else like that is something I can relate to.
On one of my first projects with Maersk Management Consulting I was assigned to work with Group Strategy. They were building the team so I ended up transferring here permanently. In strategy we have to consider all angles of a problem, and come up with new ideas. It’s an interesting intersection between a theoretical approach and an understanding of the frontline business – it’s a lot like doing science.
I would still love to go up into space one day, and I’m sure that when they have a new call for astronauts, I will be there. Until then there’s always the wild idea of Maersk expanding into space shipping. I think it could become a big thing in the future, maybe 30 to 50 years from now. You already have SpaceX (founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk) who are providing the supply route to the international space station. I’m just saying watch this space!”
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