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Hi Eric - how would your suggest one breaking into the top management consulting firms which focus on strategy from tech consulting role which is more on implementation? Is MBA a must for this?

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MBA business / problem solving skills are critical, yes. Now we also a specialist career track with great consultants focusing on other things: data science, specific functional skills, etc.

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Eric, is the MBA necessary so long as you have those problem solving skills? I have worked with many MBAs that are sorely lacking in that area, and non-MBAs who are much more talented & capable. Thanks for sharing your insights!

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Hi Eric and thanks so much for doing this! There was a question about Ops at ATK the other day - could you share some names who to talk to to explore opportunities?

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