Last year I successfully negotiated the horrors of the strategy consulting graduate recruitment process and landed a job with a respected mid-sized firm. However my start date has been delayed until the middle of next year (if I'm lucky). It would be great to get some opinions on the following questions:
1) Given the fact that its going to be hard to get any work experience in the present climate does anyone have any good suggestions on how to add to my human capital in the time available to me? Learn a language? Voluntary work?
2) It seems evident to me that even though I was one of the 5-10 best candidates this year it is likely that there will be a lot of first rate graduates going begging this year- my prospective employer could no doubt find someone "better" than me to start next September if they look now. How do people think consulting firms are going to play this one? Will they honor last years commitments or be tempted to take their pick of this year's applicants and cancel some of the offers they made in a very different situation?
3) Any other tips or suggestions as to how to play this one? Is it worth phoning the partners at regular intervals to "jump off the page" and avoid being wiped out? Or should one keep a low profile?
I'd be grateful for any thoughts on these questions and I'm sure I'm not the only one... (Accenture's £10,000 sign on bonus looks a bit ridiculous now doesn't it?)