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Consulting with a humanities background

 
#1 Consulting with a humanities background
13/08/2013 22:11

Draker

I'm interested in consulting, but I have an untraditional background and thought someone could give me advice about my chances. I graduated from a T10 liberal arts college in 2007 with a 3.53 GPA. I'm now 28. After graduation, I went straight into a MA in history and did well. I worked as a research database cataloger at an Ivy for a year after that, and when funding ran out, I took a similar job at another well-known university library. I have several publications in my field of study on my resume. I ended up in teaching high school because I needed the money, and I now teach history and Latin at a good Northeast prep school. Most employers don't see my job experience as tactile enough to be transferrable in the business world, and that's been a real issue.

I'm interested in consulting for several reasons, but don't know how to break in. I have a strong network to work with, but no business/management experience on my resume. Given that I have a unique background, I'm 28, and I'm coming out of a non-MBA/MSF masters, what are my chances of success? Where would my background make me an attractive candidate, or at least not hurt me? I have summers off, which means internships are also an option. Thanks.

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#2 RE: Consulting with a humanities background
14/08/2013 05:42

necmergitur1985 to Draker (#1)

I got into MBB from a Master's in English Lit. from Yale. It's possible. Sign up for undergrad recruiting and start as an analyst. That's what I did.

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#3 RE: Consulting with a humanities background
14/08/2013 11:30

Draker to necmergitur1985 (#2)

How old were you though when you switched? I'm 28, and I think if might be hard to get considered by undergrad recruiters.

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#4 RE: Consulting with a humanities background
16/08/2013 18:12

necmergitur1985 to Draker (#3)

I was 26. Yeah 28 is a bit old. Your best shot now is to work wherever you can for 2 years, get into a top 10 MBA, and make the switch

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#5 RE: Consulting with a humanities background
16/08/2013 18:13

necmergitur1985 to necmergitur1985 (#4)

A friend of mine did this:

Top 10 Liberal Arts college undergrad

Master's in Literature from Harvard

2 years work experience in non-profit/environment

MBA from top 20 program

McKinsey Associate

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#6 RE: Consulting with a humanities background
28/08/2013 16:37

Carmen to necmergitur1985 (#5)

Hi,

I'm in a similar situation. I studied psychology but now I'm looking for a career in consulting. Is there anything you can recommend next to internships?

Carmen

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