4 more weeks until 4 months off and then HBS!!! So close to freedom!!!

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Congrats on HBS. As a former MBA, freedom is the last word you would use post-enrollment ;)

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ATK1 is directionally right but still wrong.

You do not need an MBA to advance at BCG. That used to be true, but the policy was done away with some years ago— there’s now a partner in Boston who made the cut at 28 or 29.

However, many many people who come in at our pre-MBA level choose to leave and get an MBA or other degree. Reason 1 is that BCG will pay for the program. The additional reasons vary tremendously by the individual... but many find it helpful to take time away to take a break/grow/age/have more experiences.

Personally I was hired pre-MBA and am now at the post-MBA level (having gotten the promo directly). My career advisor at BCG thinks the path is pretty clear to the next level— our EM equivalent— but has cautioned me that the bump after that one will require me figuring out how to completely transcend my age. Or to take some time to do something else— work at a client, do a startup, or go to b-school— so that I literally age :)

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^ from what I understand only slightly more than at D

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Associate1, HBS is Harvard Business School... a small unknown school in Northeast United States... definitely not as highly respected as BCG

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DD2- Typical Deloitte answer. This is why you all go to D and not MBB. And there is no D at the end of MBB.

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DD1, former MBA? Did you lose it somehow?

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What’s HBS? Why leave BCG which is highly respected?

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Op was doing grunt work in BCG. After HBS he will be CEO of uber or she will be COO of Facebook and write a book on how to lean in. Best wishes.

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@p2 you’re the best, we’re the worst **fart noises

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P2 that’s completely untrue. Your promotions are dictated solely by performance. If you’ve already made Associate (mba level role) without mba, you don’t have to go back.

For mck, about 10-15% of the entry level people make that jump, the rest are directed to get their mbas and come back.

What firm are you with? Seconding KPMG.

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Yep! I was promoted directly to the post-MBA role but I still want to go to business school for a free 2 year vacation! Thanks BCG sponsorship! Plus the whole aging this is real. I’m too young to be a PL haha

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I get Associate 1's question, which is not necessarily naïve as it seems. People go to HBS to get into BCG. However I guess you could leave BCG to go to HBS for I-banking, VC, PE, or work for a hedge fund??

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Plot twist P2 is at KPMG

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@P2 sounds like a dick

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BCG was just a better cultural fit for me. Found Mck to be negatively competitive amongst peers and saw a few incidents of intentional sabotage.

That aside, regarding MBA yes you can get ahead at top firms without it, but it's harder and at times may be held against you and clients expect it in certain practices. There's also so much degree inflation these days, an MS/MBA is increasingly common in a world where entry level jobs require a bachelors. If you want to become an executive in consulting or industry and get past a certain level, having it helps a lot. If your BA/BS was not in business, getting an MBA is valuable even if you don't initially think it will teach you anything. And lastly...

An MBA is usually only worth it if:
1) you go to a top 20 school
2) top 10 for certain industries or companies

The exception to the rule is if you work for a company that only hires people who are "cut from the same cloth" for example- companies in certain regions that only hire from local schools and don't want top MBA's (think IVY's are stuck up white collar people), then save the $ and just go to a local or online school and you'll be fine. Core
Classes are the same at almost every school!

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These are actually the 4 best weeks of your consulting career. Literally no pressure. Enjoy them

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I didn't go to MBA - instead straight through to PL level at BCG. Sometimes I wish I didn't miss out on all those fun times! :) have fun OP, if you want to slack off in the last 4 weeks just set expectations accordingly with the PL

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I doth envy...

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Sick dude

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@P2 I never said there was or pretend there is and I’m okay with that

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