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Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?

 
#1 Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?
03/04/2006 19:03

Sam

Hello,

I have work experience at Control Risks like someone else on this site, would this impress any consultants out there recruiting for big graduate schemes? I've been working as a research assistant - basically accessing databases, report writing, etc. Thanks

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#2 Re: Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?
03/04/2006 22:17

?

What are your academic qualifications like? The experience may be useful but the academics will still be a baseline for graduate selection. There may be non-graduate posts that you can apply for though - especially among the firms who publish their own research as a sideline to consultancy.

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#3 Re: Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?
04/04/2006 01:09

Sam

Thanks. My academics more than satisfy grad schemes. In fact they're good enough for an application to McKinsey, etc. I wonder if anyone can help answer whether my work experience is relevant...? thanks

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#4 Re: Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?
04/04/2006 08:06

T

Sam

How about trying it and see how you get on? All the best. T.

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#5 Re: Is my work experience any good for grad schemes?
04/04/2006 08:59

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com)

Sam - I'm inclined to agree with the other poster. If your academics are "good enough for an application to McKinsey" then this will far and away be the determining factor. The larger brands tend to like people going onto their graduate schemes to be recent graduates and to not have already been "shaped" by significant experience at another employer. So whilst this experience may be a modest differentiator between you and another candidate, it will be nowhere near as important as how you perform in your case study interviews for example. Having said this, if you are able to manipulate data and have experience of analysing it then this can only help your cause, but I wouldn't get hung up on this being a major selling point. Tony

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