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Graduate Schemes in Consultancy (Yes, another thread)

 
#1 Graduate Schemes in Consultancy (Yes, another thread)
06/11/2012 22:32

durhamgraduate2012

Hi All,

I graduated in July 2012 with a 2.1 in History from Durham University. Going back from there my academic record equates to this (AAA A-Level). From here, in a fit of panic of not wanting to be unemployed but not wanting to make a long-term decision I'd regret, I have taken a position in a recruitment firm. You may hate me (preferably temporarily) if you wish.

I am happy to continue working in this firm for now, it's obviously the pragmatic choice. But having made some connections in the consultancy world as a recruiter, I've realised the fit that a graduate scheme in consultancy would have to my profile.

My problem is, how to I go about this in the right way? I do not wish to apply so early on into another job that I seem to have no willpower, but equally I do not wished to appear to have been recruiting for too long, and only suitable for a Business Development role? Strategy and Transformation would be far more preferable (fully aware that most people say that but I have thought it through).

I would welcome any suggestions as to how to tactfully move in the right direction here, based on experience from the other side of the fence when encountering such profiles. Furthermore, I would appreciate any tips as to what areas it might be better for a History Graduate to move into? I have my thoughts but am very much open at this early stage.

Feel free to ask me any questions if I have written too much of an essay to make sense.

Thanks.

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#2 RE: Graduate Schemes in Consultancy (Yes, another thread)
07/11/2012 08:42

marsday to durhamgraduate2012 (#1)

Just start applying for grad schemes. I really don't understand what the issue is here. No MC will care one iota about your tiny amount of recruitment experience - it's is quite normal to take a job while you look to secure your chosen career, in fact it could arouse suspicion in the hiring manager if you appear to have done nothing at all. Take it from me - a career in recruitment will test far more than your willpower, and the number of raw grads sucked into the industry and chewed up every year belies belief.

As for being a History grad this makes no real difference - humanities grads do move into consulting although a more quantitative degree can give you some advantages.

Finally forget Strategy & Transformation (someone has been looking at IBM maybe?) - just focus on getting into any business consulting grad scheme.

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#3 RE: Graduate Schemes in Consultancy (Yes, another thread)
07/11/2012 17:55

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to marsday (#2)

"I've realised the fit that a graduate scheme in consultancy would have to my profile."

Ahh, another person that has had a moment of epiphany and realised that they are perfectly yet uniquely suited to consultancy!

I wold recommend, as Mars says, that you start applying to esteemed firms. Make sure you use the word "esteemed" in your application letters.

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#4 RE: Graduate Schemes in Consultancy (Yes, another thread)
08/11/2012 08:20

marsday to Bushy Eyebrow Partner (#3)

I am job.

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