I've just returned to the UK after 5 years abroad, where I worked in renewable energy and Internet advertising. I have an MSc from LSE in politics, loads of Linux experience, and 3 additional languages. I'd really like to get into operations, strategy or IT consulting, but lack contacts at any of the consultancies, mostly due to only finding out about consulting as a profession last year (my career was never a priority before now). I'm also concerned that my outsider status will make it easy to reject any application I make as my background would be perceived as too weird.
I spoke to a person at BLT who said basically it'd be now, or never - I'm 35 - should I just phone up places like Accenture, PA or Monitor and ask to chat to someone for advice?