For the month of May we interviewed Noa Golan, Project Manager at the Tefen Israel office. In this interview, she talked about her inspiring background and work – of which goals are to benefit others, and make the world a better place, one step at a time. Noa has been part of the Tefen team for more than three and a half years, and she specializes in the public sector.
What is your background?
I’m an Industrial Engineer, a graduate of Ben Gurion University. Before I started working at Tefen, I worked as an HR coordinator. Also, for two years I worked in information system implementation.
Specifically, I worked at a hospital in Israel with doctors and nurses. It was very interesting – I sometimes found myself working in ORs, ER, and surgical wards. I learned a lot working there, especially how to approach people, and how to provide support, even after the project ends.
What drew you to apply to Tefen Management Consulting?
Around the second year at Ben Gurion University, I realized I wanted to work in consulting. I wanted the vast variety, the possibility to learn a lot. I interviewed for a few consulting companies, and Tefen was the first company to say “yes” to me – then I accepted their offer.
What do you like the most and the least about your consultant life?
First, I love how flexible it is: we can spend one day at a client in Jerusalem, the next day in Tel Aviv – and yet another day in Italy.
The things I learn here and the project experience, is priceless. And the people – I’ve never before been surrounded with so many wonderful and intelligent people.
What’s the main goal of a management consultant in your opinion?
As a consultant, I specialize in public sector projects. For me, it’s a mission, a professional field where I can truly make an impact. That’s why working in the public sector is important for me because we have an opportunity to really influence people’s lives, our country’s reality.
For me, this is the main goal, the reason that makes me work for 18 hours when needed – because I know I change something in the society I live in.
Tell us about your most memorable/engaging project:
I especially remember a project we did in the finance sector. In this project, I became part of the client’s team. I learned a lot from this client: he was very impressive, very knowledgeable, and very fun to work with. I worked a year and a half with him – not a regular project, in which you work for half a year and then leave. He would not settle for less than perfect, and he would challenge every premise anew. I think that my work with him elevated me in a few levels as a consultant.
What are your activities (if any) about outside of work?
I love hiking and trekking. Give me a backpack and a path, and I can spend a week walking in it.
If you want a trek recommendation – the Appalachian Mountains on USA’s East, the longest trail in the world. It’s the ultimate dream.
I spent two months on it, and I want to finish it one day. They extended it now, so when I spent time there one could finish it in eight months. But now that it’s been longer, it would take a year and a half to complete this path. I wonder if I will ever accomplish it, but I’m sure I’ll be able to complete at least more parts of it.
What or who is the biggest source of influence in your life?
My counselor in the youth movement, who taught me that you can both chase your dream and make the world a better place by making an impact – and that these two can be combined together.
And my first manager at Tefen, who managed me for a year a half. Looking at my professional goal, I want to be like him – because of his management style and extraordinary way of thinking. He’s my role model.