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Work experience

 
#1 Work experience
25/07/2004 02:58

I've just graduated with a 2.1 business degree from a top UK university. I'm interested in a career in consultancy yet have absolutely no work experience (serious illness has prevented me from working during Summer breaks). How important is this? Is it desirable to try and get some experience or should I just start applying for jobs, explaining the situation on application forms?

I've also considered doing a spcialist MA/MSc- would this significantly help my prospects or is some form of work experience more desirable? If so, where could I gain such experience?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated,

SKP

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#2 Re: Work experience
25/07/2004 15:06

info

Have you actually approached the companies and asked what they want? That might be a good idea - phone up the head of recruitment and find out. General advice seems to be that on-the-job learning is more use than a specialist masters, but you may struggle to get through with no work experience. Have you not done anything as part of your business degree? Also, have you asked your careers service? All top UK universities should have good careers services with information on consulting and investment banking. Have you also asked your colleagues on your course - probably many of them are also thinking of applying.

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#3 Re: Work experience
27/07/2004 19:12

Nev

Most consulting firms want well-rounded people (and that doesn't mean rotund!). You will be competing against others with equal and better quals. What have you got to offer as well? Determine what they're looking for and go seek it over the next year. Do not apply and be turned down for want of some work experience - it will be difficult to get back onto their most wanted list having fell off in the past. Don't forget - the best consultants have some experience of reality before they launch into a 'wonderful career'. Good luck.

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