What’s the difference between BA and consulting?

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How are you a MC and asking questions like this

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I don’t know. I was never really curious enough to figure it out

A company hires your firm to provide them temporary resources to do business analysis, you are a consultant. A company hires you full time to do business analysis, no consulting company involved, you are a business analyst

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Not always true. Some consulting firms (like McKinsey and Deloitte) have you join as a Business Analyst out of undergrad and Consultant is a more senior level

What?

Honestly idek. That’s why I’m asking. Like I know I’m a consultant, but I do business analysis so why isn’t my title business analyst?

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It’s just a nomenclature thing. The titles are different for whatever reason. Not important

In McKinsey:
- For client facing roles (80% of the firm), everyone is in consulting / everyone is a consultant
- of these consultants, there are several different level of seniority. In general (naming might change slightly based on path): you start as Business Analyst out of undergrad, then Senior Business Analyst, then Associate, then Engagement Manager, then Associate Partner, then Partner.

I appreciate the candor

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