Consulting Exit Opportunities

Is anyone in here an experienced hire to MBB at the Business Analyst level? I’m curious about what your profile was like, and what your strategy was for getting an interview

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Serious replies only, please go light on the snark! 😀

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Serious replies only, please go light on the snark! 😀

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FWIW, I had 6 years in industry and came to ATK at Senior BA level. It's certainly not the most common path, but not unheard of for us. There are two ways: (1) referred in by someone you've worked with before, (2) some specialist positions we occasionally use recruiters for (e.g. our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, where we like to hire people with real world manufacturing experience). For me it was a referral. 5+ years later, all is good. Otherwise you've gotta do a MBA and try for Associate. I expect it's a very similar situation at MBB.

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I believe they hire an extremely small number of people laterally at the analyst level. I had one coworker who did it but she had an Ivy League background and had lots of leadership experience within ACN

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^I’m sorry but you made a switch that lost you 5 years of experience? I have so many questions

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^Firstly, this was not in the US, which has always had faster promotion times on average than elsewhere in ATK. Secondly, I came in at the upper bound of SBA salary and made Associate inside a year. So it wasn't exactly 5 lost years the way i can see you're doing the math. Fourth, I didn't really have any other options. Fifth, it was still a considerable raise from what i was making in industry and I prob make at least 1.5-2x now what I might have been making if I'd stayed where I was. Sixth, it was not 5 lost years because my industry experience made/makes me a better consultant. Seventh, my industry experience makes me more marketable to industry employers should I choose to exit (lost count of how many times a recruiter has told me their client is keen to hire someone with both industry and consulting experience). Eighth, life is not a race... there's only one thing in store for us at the finish line and we all get there in the end. ;-)

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Currently in the interview process with MBB. Roughly 2 years of experience. Do they really take so few laterals?

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