Consulting

Genuine question: Is consulting actually hard to break into..? Don’t think I’m stupid, but my resume isn’t outstanding at all, so I do wonder if it’s actually hard to break in.

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It can be, but the bar is certainly getting lower I went to a no name state school with a 3.1 GPA I think it’s about who you know, and what you can do. I would say it’s easier to get into than IB or FAANG, unless we’re talking about MBB/tier 2’s

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I haven’t been able to break out of my boutique tech implementation firm to a name brand. If you don’t have relevant experience or get in during UG recruiting, breaking into traditional consulting is a much more demanding experience.

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If you are a generalist it can be hard. They hire for characteristics, not skills (top tier schools, fancy internships). Those are a proxy for professional experience. If you are more of a specialist, it can be easier to break in because you have something specific of value that the firm needs. The more scarce or in demand it is, the better.

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I see. Yeah, I have a lot of people that reach out to me asking, and I’m always incredibly confused at how stressed they are, when their backgrounds actually sound more impressive than mine. But I did get in directly from undergrad so that could be it too

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2.77 GPA here. It’s about who you know and how you represent yourself. GPA just helps you get your first job (in my case it was also who I knew and being a vet). Regardless, once I was in the door I made SA in 1.5 years and outshine individuals that have told me they had 3.5+. Don’t compare yourself to others.

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