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Graduate Positions at Smaller Consultancies - Good or Bad

 
#1 Graduate Positions at Smaller Consultancies - Good or Bad
04/08/2004 15:44

JazzyYazz

If you are offered graduate jobs at smaller management consultancies such as Metapraxis and SMT, do you do your longer term career prospects any damage? Is the experience worth while IF you decide to change companies towards more of the Bain, BCG, Deloitte and ACN type company? Or are u pigeonholed and close a lot of doors.

Your advice would be greatly aprpeciated.

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#2 Re: Graduate Positions at Smaller Consultancies - Good or Bad
05/08/2004 08:13

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant)

Good question! Usually the bigger branded firms hiring someone at experienced hire level (ie. with a few years' experience) will be looking for candidates that have prior consulting experience and some sector or functional specialism. So if with a smaller firm you can become a subject expert on public sector reform or the telco industry then you should find it easy to switch to a major branded firm at a later date.

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The other option joining a smaller firm would keep open for you is the possibility of going to do an MBA at a top business school. This would then be a door-opener for you to get into a firm like McKinsey or Bain at a later date.

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Hope that helps and best of luck making your choice! Tony

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#3 Re: Graduate Positions at Smaller Consultancies - Good or Bad
05/08/2004 15:24

JazzyYazz

Thank you Tony for your reply.

So realistically, working for a specialist consultancy shouldnt close too many doors, as I cannot get into the Bains of the world at present?

As long as there are potential career prospects after, I dont have too much to worry about!

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#4 That's correct!
05/08/2004 16:05

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant)

That's absolutely right. If you can't get into the Bains of this world right now, your best options are to get consulting experience at another consulting firm - or to get a strategic / graduate fast-track role with one of their major clients (ie. a FTSE 100 company). Both these options will allow you to build up expertise that will potentially be very appealing to the Bains of this world later in your career - and both will keep open the option of doing an MBA at a top school (the other sure way of getting into a top consulting firm). Best of luck

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#5 Re: That's correct!
16/08/2004 01:44

kenchan

Could someone please expand on how it would be easier to take up an option of an MBA at a top business school if you worked for either a small consultancy or a FTSE100 client company (which I am at the moment). Are you saying that these organisations are more likely to offer you a MBA from a top business school than a major MC?

Thanks for your help

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