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How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?

 
#1 How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
18/02/2006 21:44

Andrew

After my Organisational Management Degree, including consultancy experience, I left University for a job in Banking. After building some vast experience I'd like to move into consulting. However, most firms are looking for a number of years specific consultancy experience. How dod you break in to the industry?

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#2 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 10:36

Fay

Grad scheme :)

Though I would imagine that since you would bring financial expertise to the consultancy they would be interested in you. But it's not just about the industry knowledge; unless you have significant exposure to clients and have helped them solve business problems or you do consultancy type stuff at work then it will be quite hard I'm afraid.

One sure way I've seen done many a time is to go for a full service firm like Accenture/Capgemini etc. and if you can't get into consulting with them then aim for a different OG and try to shift your way into the consulting arm. But this is a difficult thing to do and almost impossible with Accenture - I hear.

Fay

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#3 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 10:37

Fay

... come to think of it, your question should be "how do I get my foot in the door" before you even think about the ladder.

Fay

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#4 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 13:26

kwasi asante

i have a masters in database system and oracle certified application developer. I will like to know how i could get into the job ladder since all efforts have not produced any result.

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#5 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 14:59

Fay

Get on a grad scheme unless you have previous work exp. Try a technology consultancy like LogicaCMG.

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#6 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 16:24

john mcbride

Also remember to cover all sides of your personality when applying: don't go to town on your tech ability: if you have a masters they can more or less assume that. Stress all your extra-curriculars - your teamwork, leadership, presentation skills; interest in Business Process Efficiency, industry knowledge too.

Good luck.

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#7 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
19/02/2006 17:28

Fay

What John says is true, however in my exp. consultancies *love* to hear you have some tech skills, but by no means will this get you the job - I say about 25% tech skills the rest business/leadership/people management etc., depending on what kind of consulting you end up going for.

Fay

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#8 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
21/02/2006 10:37

Nkechi Everest

pls help me with information to move ahead.

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#9 Re: How can I get my Foot on the Ladder?
13/03/2006 12:17

David

As to Fay's comment about Accenture. Don't join another group like Services, ATS, or Enterprise if you want to switch into Consulting. It's harder than joining directly: If you wanted to transfer you would not only have to go through the same interviews and vetting procedures as an external hire, but you'd also have to pass the internal criteria for being allowed to transfer. These vary depending on the group but can include min time in the company, high review ratings, min levels of promotion, passing interviews from your existing group, and getting approval HR and from the head of the group to allow you transfer. And remember that if you're doing well, which you need to be to be able apply, then your existing group have the final say on the transfer and if they want to keep you they are likely to make it awkward. Lots of people want to transfer and quite a few try but virtually none make it. Cant comment on IBM or CapGemini.

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