So you’ve landed the internship — the coveted summer at one of the Big 3 management consulting firms. If you are anything like I was, you no doubt poured countless hours into case prep, networking, and office visits. Now you are holding your fresh-printed offer letter in hand, with your name written across the top in bold letters, and you have time to think — “What am I actually doing?” When I joined Bain as a summer intern, I soon realized that I had solicited so much help f
A lot of people want jobs in management consulting. Especially when you’re starting out in your career, it can seem like the perfect first gig — lots of travel, exposure to a lot of different industries and problems… not to mention great salaries and exit opportunities. The heavy demand for consulting jobs means firms can be extra picky when recruiting. The consulting recruiting process is often viewed as notoriously hard relative to other fields… and landing a position can s
Choosing your first job is really hard. A big part of why is because you really don’t have a gauge to measure against—sure there may have been a summer internship or two, but even then they act as only a glimpse into what full time work might entail. I knew I was really interested in consulting, given my interest in travel and working on interesting problems… but I often found conflicting stories or information online. My actual experience turned out to be a little bit differ
What are the key skills a consultant should have to succeed? When I thought about it in my early days as a consultant at BCG, I considered mainly quantitative ones, I thought that being strong with numbers would have ensured be success, at least for my first two years as an associate - my focus was then mainly learning how to build great, rock-solid Excel models. However, I soon discovered that interpersonal/soft skills are instead the real challenge for each and any new cons
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