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Experienced hire: the way to go?

 
#1 Experienced hire: the way to go?
19/06/2004 14:51

northtwilight

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?

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#2 Re: Experienced hire: the way to go?
21/06/2004 09:15

tricia

what are you actually offering (your value proposition)? I'd encourage you to talk to anyone about what you would do for them: make sure you can articulate this very clearly and succinctly. When you get anyone's attention, being prepared will help you make really good use of the opportunity, rather than relying on them to tell you whether they could offer you an interesting job.

You sound like you have an very interesting background and could offer a lot. What is it that you want to do? Then when you ask people for their suggestions on who to talk to, you will be refining your search space and getting closer to your goal. Best wishes Tricia

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#3 Re: Experienced hire: the way to go?
22/06/2004 21:25

northtwilight

Hi Tricia,

Thank you for your very apt reply. The question that comes up is that I want to learn more about operations *and* strategy -- I find that my 'education' in all these different areas has been rather scattershot, and I think working at a management consultancy will enable me to refine and concentrate it well. But to address what you suggest: I am not sure if my experience -- I suppose I am strongest in IT -- is sufficiently related to strategy in particular. And as you say, I have to focus on offering the consultancies something.

Hm. Still need to think about this, it seems. Thanks again, you've helped me a great deal.

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