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is the name of the university that important???

 
#1 is the name of the university that important???
22/10/2001 00:00

Roy

I am an Italian student graduating with a degree in Business and Economics.I would like to enter a consulting firm outside Italy.

I think I have good qualities for doing well in this sector: I speak fluently 4 languages and I have two years studying/working experience abroad.The thing I am afraid of is that the faculty of economics at my university,although very good,is quite new and so not known abroad and employers could not consider my application because of that.I thought of taking an Msc in Management science in the uk,could it be a good solution?

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#2 Advice
23/10/2001 00:00

Ben

Roy, consulting firms tend to be quite insular; each office will hire new joiners for their own office, but will not be able to exert much influence on other offices to take a candidate they have interviewed. So if you wanted a job in London for example, the likelihood is that you would actually need to interview with the London office.<br><br>

In practice most offices in the current market have so many good candidates from their own country that candidates from overseas universities are likely to be at something of a disadvantage. As you mention the UK in particular, you should also be aware that only a Masters at Oxford, Cambridge or LSE is likely to do anything to improve your chances of success.<br><br>

If working abroad is your main concern, my advice would be to apply to work for a consultancy in your own country. You will quickly be able to request project assignments overseas. And once you have established yourself in your own country - after 18 to 24 months - you would be able to request a transfer to another office such as London and have the reputation within the firm to be able to achieve this quite easily. Hope that helps and good luck.

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#3 Re: Advice
26/10/2001 00:00

Roy

Thank you Ben.

Just one more question.Do you think that a Msc in operational research at Lse would give me good chances to enter a good consulting firm in London? I am asking this because they seem to be looking only for undergraduates or mba students not students with an Msc.What I am afraid of is that with an Msc they will still be looking first at undergraduates.If not why few uk students take Msc??

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#4 Re: Advice
26/10/2001 00:00

Ben

An Msc from LSE is well respected. However, consultancies recruit Msc students into the same level and salary positions as normal BA graduates, hence most UK students don&#39;t see the advantage in continuing their studies. But for you it would add a recognised UK institution to your CV

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