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Recent Graduate hoping to move into Strategic Consultancy

 
#1 Recent Graduate hoping to move into Strategic Consultancy
11/10/2001 00:00

Antony Evans

Hi,

I recently graduated from Cambridge university with a high 2.1 in Maths, and am taking a year out to travel before hopefully moving into Strategic consultancy. There has been a LOT of talk about the downturn in the consultancy market, and I was wondering when people feel the situation will improve: even if I can get one of the few jobs going on this years milkround, with no work career progression will be slow and projects boring. I was also hoping someone could give me some advice regarding which firms to apply to who are still recruiting. Does there exist a big five equivalent for consulting, and if so, who are they? Any other tips would be much appreciated. regards, Antony

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#2 Feedback from Cambridge
15/10/2001 00:00

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Antony,<BR><BR>Having been to the Cambridge careers event last week, I can tell you that the number of entry-level positions this year are 30% down on last year. My personal recommendation would be to do something with your gap year that will enhance your CV in the eyes of a consultancy (eg. learn to speak a language fluently) and then apply upon your return. Several of the biggest firms - including Accenture, Andersen, PwC - recruit all year round, so you could apply when you return.<br><br>If the market takes off, within 2-4 months the firms will be screaming out to recruit more junior staff, so assuming this has happened by the end of your gap year you could get recruited and begin work very quickly. If things have got worse, then any offer you secured now would probably be worthless anyway - your entry would either be deferred or the offer would be retracted altogether. HTH

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