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Julie Orisakwe

Consultant, UK

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Julie Orisakwe

Consultant, UK

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1What's different about Berkeley for our clients?

The Berkeley model means that the clients’ best interests are always at the centre of the work which we do. That focus coupled with the collaborative approach we take means Berkeley is very well placed to partner with clients on some of their most complex problems, in a way that prioritises meaningful and lasting outcomes. 

The Berkeley culture which promotes internal collaboration and genuine rapport amongst colleagues also means that on any given project, there is a breadth of information and experience which is available for consultants to tap in to and leverage, ensuring that lessons and insight gained elsewhere are also applied when it makes sense to do so.

2What's the most surprising thing you learned at Berkeley?

The fact that they really do mean what they say! 

Having gone through the interview process (where Berkeley sounded too good to be true), taken the leap of faith to leave a very supportive team at EY, and then start with Berkeley and complete the induction process, I tried to explain the Berkeley ‘model’ to a friend who was convinced I had joined a cult. 

Perhaps because it has become so common to hear organisations talk about areas that have gained importance over the last few years and put initiatives in place that sometimes feel more like ‘tick-box’ exercises than genuine determination to tackle real issues, as this would require challenge and transformation of the ways we work with colleagues and clients.

The amount of consideration, effort and time that Berkeley invests in everything they do (e.g. the recruitment process, approach to client work, induction of new joiners, team socials) was surprising to me – because it showed that Berkeley is genuinely determined to do whatever it takes to always do the right thing.

3What are your values and how have they informed your career?

I’m very protective of my peace of mind; both at the present time and when I consider where I might be in years to come, as a result of decisions made today. 

This means that I’m very intentional about making sure that I have my priorities in the right order for whichever season of life I might be in. I always pursue a balance between work and personal commitments outside of work, and the ability to continue to do this played a big part in my decision to join Berkeley.