Entry level/junior/analyst consulting program
Hey guys, I am interested in getting into consulting. I have noticed that many of the firms have entry-level programs that basically train you for 6 months- 2 years. I'm wondering, are these programs usually filled strictly by college-grads that were recruited in their senior years, or is it possible to get in after a year of work experience.
I majored in poli sci and economics, and had a decent gpa. I also had several internships in different backgrounds/industries (an alum from my school I tracked down who works at Booze Allen said this was good; showed hustle/experience in different industries, etc). The place I’m at now had a division of healthcare consulting that I was going to try and move into in the future, but it was sold like a week before I started. It is still a good company though, so I definitely want to learn as much as I can and gain as many transferable skills as possible. (On a side note, there is also tons of online learning offered; excel, SQL, SAP, Oracle stuff, etc. Which programs do you think are most important to know/would help out my chances)
I guess this is the easiest place to come for any advice on the subject. So do you think it would be a good idea to continue here, gain relevant business experience, and then apply for one of these 'entry-level' 'junior-consultant' type programs in the fall/winter, or am i wasting my time? I was looking at Accenture, PcW, Deloitte, IBM.. I hope this isn’t a retarded question lol.