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Undergraduate In Need of Specific Information

 
#1 Undergraduate In Need of Specific Information
26/02/2002 00:00

Kristina

Hello,

I have some very specific concerns regarding my immediate job goal of securing a junior position at a large management consulting firm:

First, I've majored in Cultural Anthropology, and haven't undertaken any business-related coursework. Because I graduate in May, it's too late to add business classes to my schedule (I am, however, currently completing an internship at an investment services firm). Will this lack of business coursework completely shut down my goal of securing a position as a junior analyst/researcher?

Second, is my GPA (3.54 overall, 3.65 within major) considered sufficient for these firms?

Third, I haven't been involved in extra-curricular activities (except for the odd part-time job here and there). I used my time as an undergraduate to devote time to raising my four year old son. How can I be sure that I don't leave recruiters with the false impression that I was the "typical college student with no responsibilities"? These firms seem to emphasize work/life balance (on their websites at least); I'm hoping they may understand my special situation as a student. Is this too much to expect?

Fourth, I attend a State University of New York school- far from Ivy League. Is this acceptable to the Top 5?

Fifth, I intend to emphasize to potential employers the following personal characteristics: creative intelligence, analytical thinking, and a strong desire for moving into the field of strategic consulting/knowledge management. I'm also confident in my ability to present myself as a smart and professional candidate in person and in writing. Do you believe it's possible to demonstrate to would-be employers that I have a successful future at a consulting firm, despite my less-than-ideal choice of major and university?

I really look forward to your feedback- any and all of it will be immensely appreciated and utilized.

Thank you so much,

Kristina

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#2 Re: Undergraduate In Need of Specific Information
27/02/2002 00:00

Anthony

Kristina, in a buoyant market you might win through but at present even the model graduates with ticks in all the right boxes are not able to secure places with the firms of their choice. I would recommend securing an analyst role with a blue chip corporation and then moving into consulting in a couple of years time when the market is more buoyant. HTH

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