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,