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What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?

 
#1 What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
29/10/2013 14:56

Prodi

Hey,

I am a career changer and is looking to start a career in management consulting. I believe that being certified will increase my employability and chances of getting hired. However, the question remains, which certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level candidates Prince2, Change Management, Champs2, MoR, Change Analyst, Problem Analyst, or Lean Six Sigma?

Thanks,

Pete

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#2 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
29/10/2013 17:41

Imperial1309 to Prodi (#1)

In my honest opinion I would say none are truly valued but they won't harm you either.

The question in my mind is who are you looking to impress? I get loads of new joiners who do MBA's straight out of uni and when put in front of a client or another team member sound like they've swallowed a text book and think they should be advising CEO's despite having no real experience.

However to HR they will read extremely well and all things cv related being equal will be considered superior and will be preferred.

So if you are talking about getting an interview then I would say anything you have above another candidate will also benefit you and help get that foot in the door. Above that it is all fluff.

Hope that helps - it might be slightly slurred as I am just about o tuck into my x Guiness of the day...

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#3 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
29/10/2013 17:53

Imperial1309 to Imperial1309 (#2)

Apologies, just re-read your original post and have seen it is a career change rather than graduate (been in this pub far to long...)

Rather than focusing on specific qualifications I would focus more on what industry knowledge you can bring. If you have no change experience then some of these qualifications may help smooth the road. My first thought would be to look at whatever the hot topic for the industry you have had experience in is. Look at how you can tailor your CV to support this is and see what the reaction is. I have seen loads of firms see a new reg coming in, realise they have limited experience in it and recruit anyone who has even mentioned it on their cv.

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#4 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
30/10/2013 21:18

Prodi to Imperial1309 (#3)

As I don't have any experience in change management and I think it best then to get certified. I have 10 years of experience in a wide range of industries (retail, sales, accounting (only a bookkeeper), insurance, and government (mainly through internships). So I have constructed my CV to attempt to highlight the factors that would be valued by a MC firm, but I feel that I am missing something to make me standout and get an interview.

Thanks for the advice!

Best,

Pete

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#5 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
31/10/2013 15:33

Mr Cool to Prodi (#4)

Sorry - got to be cruel to be kind.

“As I don't have any experience in change management………………….I feel that I am missing something to make me standout and get an interview.”

You ARE missing something – experience. Only the brand new graduate intake are expected to have no experience. All others are – that’s why they are called “experienced hires”. If you have no change management experience, and no deep, deep, deep, experience of a single industry, then you are very unlikely to get into any decent management consultancy firm. Feel free to apply, but pleased don’t waste your money getting a certificate that will not change any of the above.

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#6 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
31/10/2013 18:07

Prodi to Mr Cool (#5)

Well Mr. Cool, as I stated above I am a career changer and looking for an entry level or graduate position. I am not looking to be hired as an experienced hire.

Thanks for the feedback!

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#7 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
31/10/2013 19:46

Camster to Prodi (#6)

So.....

In your own words, "after 10 years or so working in a wide range of industries", you decide to do MC and think certs will get you there?

ROFLOL!!!

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#8 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
04/11/2013 15:58

Anon MCs to Camster (#7)

Come on don't be cruel with Prodi.

You have to remember Prodi that MCs charge anywhere £750-£2k for their guys to walk into client site (and that excludes Partners). Hence your no experience marker means definitely grad level.

Problem is - do MCs really want to take "grads" who have 10 years work experience? Seems unlikely as grads are the young go getters who will work 7am to 11pm. I'm not saying give up, but I would say look for an MC where your experience is relevant and go in as an experienced hire thats all

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#9 RE: What certificates are valued by MC firms for entry level positions?
10/11/2013 01:23

mennaeg to Prodi (#4)

As I don't have any experience in change management and I think it best then to get certified. I have 10 years of experience in a wide range of industries (retail, sales, accounting (only a bookkeeper), insurance, and government (mainly through internships). So I have constructed my CV to attempt to highlight the factors that would be valued by a MC firm, but I feel that I am missing something to make me standout and get an interview.

Thanks for the advice!

Best,

Pete

i'm agree with u

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