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Consulting

Interested in pursuing a future in Consulting? Find resources, events, opportunities, and advice to confirm your interest and kickstart your career.

Companies and organizations hire consultants to strategize solutions to business, organizational, or industry-specific problems by offering a fresh perspective, objectivity, and/or a specific knowledge base or expertise. While the industry offers the opportunity for travel, work variety, high salaries, and bonuses, it can be greatly affected by the economy and consultants may experience highs and lows in their workload. You might be interested in one of two types of consulting, management consulting, which is focused on helping organizations improve and achieve their goals, and strategy consulting, which happens at higher levels of management and is often focused on helping organizations expand or identify new goals.

Generally, the consulting industry looks for applicants with strong academic credentials, quantitative ability, problem-solving ability, an understanding of business, and leadership/teamwork experience. Interpersonal and communication skills are also important. The interview process often includes a case interview that is used to assess a candidate’s thought process and analytical skills. Recruiting for entry-level consultant positions typically begins in the fall.

Day in the Life: Inside a Life Sciences Consulting Case

The Project:  L.E.K. Consulting is supporting a diagnostics company in developing a strategic plan for its business over the next five to ten years. The client wanted to understand the market opportunity for its key products, with a particular …

By Phil Stott - Vault
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Case Interview Preparation

Case interviews are a common part of the process when interviewing for consulting positions. Check out BCG’s tips on how to prepare and perform your best during case interviews.

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A Day in the Life: Energy Consulting Associate

9:30 AM: Get into the office on a Friday morning and check voicemail and email. You’ve got a message from the head of the energy practice, asking you to put together a few discussion slides on your practice area’s new sales initiative for …

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How to Identify the Great-Fit Management Consulting Firm for You

The first job after you graduate can set the course for your future, so how do you make sure it’s the right one? Typical groupthink says to look for things like cultural fit, compensation, or brand. While these factors are undoubtedly pertinent to …

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How to transition from PhD to consulting?

Going from PhD to consulting can feel intimidating. It’s hard to know which consulting firms recruit PhDs, and at which level. And it can also sometimes feel unclear if you’ll be using your PhD skills at all or completely starting …

By Alexis Boyer
Alexis Boyer Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services
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Case interviews are a common part of the process when interviewing for consulting positions. Check out BCG’s tips on how …

Top 25 consulting firms of 2022 by Management Consulted
There are hundreds of consulting firms – big and small, niche and broad. From the prestigious MBB to the Big …
Consulting “Bridge” Programs for PhD candidates & Postdocs

Bridge Programs are 1-5 day programs where advanced degree candidates can get an inside look at consulting companies – the work, …

Learning more about industries and careers options can help you narrow your focus on those that might be a good …