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?