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Is a graduate consulting position suited to an entrpreneurial spirit?

 
#1 Is a graduate consulting position suited to an entrpreneurial spirit?
11/05/2005 17:26

rio

Hi there. I am due to graduate with a PhD in Electronic Engineering, after completing a BEng/MSc, all with top honours. My long term career aim is to own and run a business. However, due to my current field of study I am lacking in business experience, and so after some thought I felt it appropriate to get into management consulting. I have this fairy tale idea of getting exposure to a variety of organisations including large corporate outfits and government services. Basically, I want to come out and be clued up on how businesses work and how to address timely problems of improving business performance during times of volatility. Where would I be best placed? If your company gets to work regularly with blue chip clients please let me know who you work for. At the moment Accenture is the leader, simply due to the availablity of good training resources. PS: Is it best to apply now and, if successful, defer start-date to when it suits?

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#2 Re: Is a graduate consulting position suited to an entrpreneurial spirit?
12/05/2005 10:52

RecruitGal

In terms of assignment opportunities and professional development, the big firms will be on a similar level - Accenture, IBM, Atos, Deloitte, CapGem and PA. Your lack of business experience will be a hinderence in being accepted though. Your best bet is probably Accenture, on the basis that they take on hundreds of grads, and put more value on academics than the others, who are more concerned with experience. I'm not convinced that consulting is right for you though...

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#3 Re: Is a graduate consulting position suited to an entrpreneurial spirit?
12/05/2005 19:25

a thought

rio - If your academics are strong (good Uni / First / etc), you should also think about a Business Analyst position with one of the strategy consultancies. Their project profiles may be closer to your "fairy tale" aspirations. McKinsey, Bain, BCG, L.E.K., etc. Good luck!

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