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Are people still applying after only 2 years in consulting? Seems common for MBB but I wonder how you built solid recommendations / experience in so little time post-undergrad.

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I applied after 2.5 years at the firm (3.5 at matriculation). I think that’s the perfect time. By the time you start you should already have post-MBA level pay (associate) and some partners and principals you’ve worked with, but if you wait too long the opportunity cost is too high!

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Are you applying again in the future or simply decided not to do an MBA? It’s pretty hard to justify it financially at the associate level...

Thanks OW1! That assumes you’re promoted every year lol but yes. I still feel a bit scattered though with regards to partners / projects. I haven’t aligned to any particular industry so feel like every project is just a one-off with each partner/manager. I am a september start and would like to apply next Fall, putting me exactly at the 2 year mark and it still feels like I just got here.

If you’re lucky enough to get yourself into a good position, get promoted, and have good mentors, then it’s definitely possible, but I think most people need more time:

OP I felt the same way- I wanted to apply right around the 2yr mark but decided to wait a year. I’m really glad I did- I had a much stronger application, better experiences, closer mentoring relationships, and more maturity going into the process.

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