(by Yoshiki Fukuda)
My Merck adventure ended already end of June. Overall, it was a very instructive and interesting time. On the one side, I got an inside in In-House consulting work and the broad topics they are working on. I believe that the differences between In-House consulting and external consultancy are very small. On the other side, I got a feeling of Merck’s business and possible future topics and challenges in the chemical industry.
In my last blog entry, I was describing the beginning of a "process optimization" process with some basic research and the kick-off event as an official starting point.
What happened after the kick-off event?
In general, we were figuring out solutions for the process optimization and provided the best solutions to the department manager to select. But to start from the beginning...
First, we started to define a framework by identifying parameters which have an impact for the process optimization.
Second, we were identifying different solutions for the optimization and evaluated these regarding the defined framework.
At the end, we had two favorable solutions which were further worked out. The result was presented by the project leader in front of his manager for a final approval.
Unfortunately my internship ended at this point. It was a pity that I did not have the chance to see the implementation phase of this project. It was such a pleasure to work in this team and on this very interesting project.
The last day in the department
Since another intern of the department and me finished at the same day, we decided to bake some cherry muffins for the colleagues. Because our baking skills were very limited, we got help from a friend ;-) With her help we made very delicious muffins, which the colleagues enjoyed a lot.
In my first blog entry, I said that this internship is a once in a lifetime experience and I was right. During these three months at Merck, I learned a lot of new skills and met a lot of new and enriching personalities. Sometimes I am thinking back to the day when I submitted my CV for Blind Applying and wish that I could turn back time to submit it again.
But the world keeps spinning! Currently, I am going through another internship in a consultancy till end of September to start my Master’s thesis afterwards. Hopefully I was able to give you an idea of my great time at Merck and my work in In-House consulting. If you have further questions about Merck or my Blind Applying adventure, I think that the Blind Applying team might be able to arrange a way to contact me!
Thanks to those who followed my blog and were part of my Blind Applying story!