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Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years

 
#1 Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:11

Small question

Hi all,

How can I get into 'Strategy Consultancy' domain. I have never worked in this domain and dont have the A's they require for grad entry scheme.

Not aiming for a salary at this moment.

Any suggestions ?

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#2 RE: Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:18

anon to Small question (#1)

To get into strategy consulting, start by articulating the following:

1) What does strategy consultancy mean to you?

2) Why do you want to work in this area?

Once you can answer these two questions, the rest will follow more easily. Failing to answer these questions, or answering them with wildly incorrect answers (there is a wide range of correct answers) is the biggest source of candidate disappointment and failure.

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#3 RE: Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:18

small question to Small question (#1)

forgot to mention that I am self employed for the last 4 years.

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#4 RE: Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:20

small question to small question (#3)

Thanks anon, I have done my share of introspection and am convinced I want to be in strategy.

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#5 RE: Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:29

another anon to small question (#4)

Your only realistic option is to start your own strategy consultancy, trading on your five years, no four years, or was it five years (?) of experience. Strategy consulting has never had any need for numerical accuracy or attention to detail and that's not going to change anytime soon.

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#6 RE: Strategy Consultancy : Entry route : Self employed for 5 years
03/03/2011 15:43

Mr Cool to Small question (#1)

You can’t. Seriously. No strat house values practical experience over first class academics. If you don’t have the A’s then no amount of practical application will make up for it.

Also "self-employed" is kryptonite to a blue-chip strat house. Their entire internal business model is based on hiring people who are so "invested" in the job that they will work 20 hours a day thenfly to Hong Kong for a 10 minute briefing. People who have been self employed do not get themselves trapped into that model.

If you really want to work in strategy (but not consultancy) then your best bet is to migrate into an strategy role in industry – preferably your current industry. This will not let you move to a strat house, however. That door is closed and bolted.

You could go do an INSEAD MBA, spend 50K doing so, come top of you class, and they’d probably still ask you what A-levels you got.

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