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Are MBB/consulting experience + technical masters (e.g., data science, CS) ever complementary when looking at exit opps, or are they too different to overlap (or, in other words, will the former have been a waste of time if pursuing the latter)?

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Maybe if you want to be a product lead or something

Not at all a waste of time. I don't have a technical masters, but I work in data science consulting. As far as I know my skills consulting + data science are currently very much in demand.

Depends a lot on level and what specific area you want to go after. Generically, it’s usually of little to no value. Real data science folks don’t care about consulting background, data oriented consulting isn’t really all that relative to an mbb job, on the business front, after a few years the hope is you’re managing functions and teams where knowing hard skills are of limited value.

It is helpful IMO. Even if not in a technical role, if you have a technical background/degree, you will gain significantly more respect

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