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Graduate role: Big 4 management consulting

 
#1 Graduate role: Big 4 management consulting
10/03/2014 17:08

L_Bridge

Hi,

I am a graduate and am in middle of the application process for 3 of the Big 4 management consulting firms. When researching the role of a management consulting graduate, I can only find vague descriptions of what a graduate does, for example researching and preparing presentations. I can find a lot of information on what a management consultant does at a more senior level but nothing at the entry/analyst/graduate level. I have searched extensively and have of course looked at job specs etc but can find no detailed information of what I would be doing.

Does anybody have any information on what specifically a graduate does in the first 2 years? Equally, links to information on what a graduate does as a management consultant at a big 4 firm would be extremely useful.

Thank you so much.

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#2 RE: Graduate role: Big 4 management consulting
10/03/2014 21:07

Tacitus1 to L_Bridge (#1)

This may help you some what http://www.graduate-consulting.com/Consulting-Firms/accenture

Scroll down to the application part. You should find an answer to the specific question you have posed. By no means comprehensive but a starting point.

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#3 RE: Graduate role: Big 4 management consulting
11/03/2014 13:28

L_Bridge to Tacitus1 (#2)

Thanks a lot. If anyone has any further insights, that would be much appreciated.

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#4 RE: Graduate role: Big 4 management consulting
11/03/2014 14:23

marsday to L_Bridge (#3)

If you are going to have a career in MC you need to get comfortable with ambiguity. As frustrating as it sounds, reality is that as a grad hire you cant really predict what you'll be doing beyond some basics - preparing presentations, perhaps doing some analysis and modelling in excel, research etc. The focus is on freeing up experienced consultants, and acquiring some of the core consulting skills sets rather than acquiring specialism. Of course expect to acquire a significant amount of subject matter, of varying quality, and probably some sort of project management training. Beyond that, prepare to be as flexible as possible, and importantly be an asset to have around - a can do attitude, positivity, friendly and easy to work with. If you are joining a very technical practice then of course assume a fair amount of learning around that specifically. If an ACA or ACCA if offered bite their hand off.

Like all careers, focus on the job you want not the one you'll have. Just learn as much as you can and work out where you want to focus when you start to specialise. Until that happens, just be a sponge, pick up as much as you can, and try not to worry too much about what you should or shouldn't be doing - that will all fall into place.

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