Is a degree the only way into a top-notch consulting firm?
Here's my situation...
After leaving school at 18 with straight A's, I worked for a year as an analyst at IBM Business Global Services. I then went on to read a business-related degree at the London School of Economics. During my first year, I temped at various banking firms and took part in various extra-curricular activities.
However, due to an unforseen tragedy earlier this year, it became necessary for me to switch my degree to a self-study program so that I can work full-time. I am now working as an accountant in a leading marketing group but consultancy has always been my dream career and I would like to start it sooner rather than later.
My question is...
Would top-tier consultancy firms or Big4 firms consider me for entry level positions in their company even though I haven't yet completed my degree?
Should I be applying through graduate schemes or experienced hires or not at all?
Please let me know your thoughts