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Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?

 
#1 Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
12/06/2006 18:28

student

Dear Consultants,

I am currently studying my last year of Electrical Engineering but I took as many business oriented courses as I could because I would like to work in strategy consulting a few years from now.

I have to choose my final project and don't know which topics might be useful in order to get into consulting (some say you have to show a clear direction in your CV) A friend of mine did his project about "automated futures trading systems" and starts working for BCG next september. Does my project title really matter? Any topics useful?

Thanks a lot!

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#2 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
12/06/2006 20:43

DJ

Your project can improve your chances (mine did) if it is (a) very focused in an area compatible with your career aspirations and (b) quite strong in terms of results i.e. show that it delivered some genuine value and thus counts as an achievement on your CV.

Otherwise I doubt that makes much difference except in how it affects your grades. This brings up an important point - a good grade counts for more than a good project. So if the business related project takes you to an area you are weak on (and risks your grade) while another one can help you secure a 1st, go for the latter. You will not regret it.

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#3 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
13/06/2006 06:18

student

Thanks a lot for the advice!

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#4 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
13/06/2006 19:24

tr

If your project is business related it may provide you with the opportunity to ask for input from people in a related business.

Never too soon to start networking.

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#5 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
14/06/2006 10:31

student

Thanks again to everyone who is giving me ideas!

I very much appreciate it!

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#6 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
14/06/2006 14:32

Anon

Whilst I'd say that doing a project with a consulting / business slant wouldn't hurt, it's not at all a requirement. I did a Maths degree and a final year project in abstract algebra and I'm now working for a top consultancy. Don't feel that your career ambitions have to dominate your whole life. It's more important to do something you're interested in and to do it well. You've got the whole of your career to get bogged down in nothing but consulting!

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#7 Re: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
14/06/2006 17:46

anon

I agree with D that it's the grade that counts in your degree. Do something you know about, understand, enjoy and will give you the highest mark. That was the council from the Engineering Dean when I made my choice.

In addition, I also chose the "something that will help me get to consulting" the year later in my MSc and in all the interviews I was never asked about it and it added nothing to my skill set other than contributing to my final MSc mark.

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#8 RE: Does my University Final project affect my chances of getting in?
27/06/2006 22:24

student to Anon (#6)

Thanks to all of you, it has really helped me.

Thanks!

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