I was wondering if anyone could help/provide advice on a dilemma I have regarding pursuing a career in management consultancy. Since the end of my undergraduate degree I have known that I wish to pursue a career in management consulting – particularly the project management aspect where I feel the most competent and enjoy. But I have been offered opportunities to strengthen by academic track along the way which I have taken advantage off, prior to entering employment, since the opportunities have also allowed to me to gain numerous transferable skills and almost 4 years experience of project management (junior level).
Now that I have come to the end of my semi-academic pursuits and started to think of directly applying to management consultancy firms, I am having mixed responses from those that work in management consultancy firms regarding my “suitability” as a candidate (admittedly these are responses of friends who are friends of friends and are mostly in IT).
I have given a quick outline of my academic track and experience below, I would be grateful if anybody could provide me with feedback regarding a) am I suitable to pursue a career in management consultancy b) if not, what can I do to improve my chances of pursuing my preferred career c) which firms do you recommend.
Any advice would be most welcome – thank you in advance.
A Level (ABB)
Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Imperial College London
BSc (Hons) 2.1 Biology with a Year in Industry
MSc Environmental Technology (Distinction)
PhD Environmental Sciences
Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute
1 year experience with an agrochemical firm
3.5 years experience as a deputy coordinator of a large multidisciplinary project
I have also undertaken a series of short summer placements in an administrator/coordinator capacity and done some voluntary work