Management Consulting or Finance. Apply now or get an MBA first?

Aug 11 11 Comments

Hey everyone,

I recently sold my tech startup and have decided to pursue a corporate career.

Management Consulting/Strategy and Finance seem like amazing career paths, but I know how traditional their recruiting process can be.

Do you think I still have a shot at an associate level position at a consulting firm (ex: Deloitte) or a Goldman/JP Morgan? Or should I hold off on applying and focus on going to business school instead?

Btw: I graduated from a top undergrad business school w/honors and have 5 years work experience.

I appreciate all advice! Thanks

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  • Splunk / Other
    HBE838DH

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    Associate consulting gigs are given out like candy. Services/consulting at the big four is a pig farm. Be ready to figure out how to move up as quickly as you can. It's a balance of burnout vs moving up. They don't care that you can do the job as much as that you can be a body to bill hours for their bottom line. After that it's sink or swim.

    If you are competitive and/or into sports/gaming you can do well because it's more about endurance than raw skill.
    Aug 11 6
    • Splunk / Other
      HBE838DH

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      Not sure, I wasnt in that specific industry.
      Aug 11
    • Splunk / Other
      HBE838DH

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      Also, I often look at my time in consulting as building my own little business so you might like it. Or hate it since you're used to owning a business from every aspect since you were able to build and sell one.
      Aug 11
    • OP
      That actually sounds pretty cool.
      Aug 11
    • Splunk / Other
      HBE838DH

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      It's a strange mix of sales and whatever the job at hand is in terms of self reliance. And if you are competitive like I said then you are going to be getting really good at that skill among interpersonal skills.
      Aug 11
    • OP
      I like it!
      Aug 12
  • Fred Hutch straight๐Ÿ”ฅ
    You absolutely can apply to the big four management consulting firms without an MBA, but they're going to look at your yoe and area of skill/expertise to see how billable you are to clients. Be able to articulate where your expertise lies. Also, network and try to find someone to refer you internally
    Aug 11 3
    • OP
      Great advice. Thanks!
      Aug 11
    • Fred Hutch straight๐Ÿ”ฅ
      Management consulting also isn't the only way to go corporate. Consultants travel and travel a lot. Most common model is fly to client site Mon, fly home Thurs night, Fri/Sat/Sun at home, fly out again Mon morning and repeat. If that's not exciting to you, might want to consider a more traditional internal corporate job at a large company.
      Aug 11
    • OP
      But I thought you had to work for a management consulting firm before going into internal Strategy.
      Aug 11

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