Consulting Entry Level (Singapore)

Hi, I'm a high-school graduate who will either be attending university at Warwick for Bsc Econs or at the National University Of Singapore for Econs w Business Analytics (yet to be accepted for this course). I am interested in management consultancy as an initial career post-undergrad and wanted to learn more about the relevant job scopes in both countries and the reputation of the unis/courses in said industry. For reference, I've lived in Singapore for 10+ years but am a foreigner and will be an overseas student at Warwick also. While finances are not an issue, if I were to get a tuition grant, NUS would be around 68k SGD tuition for the whole degree while Warwick would be around 152k SGD.

Thanks!

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  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 16, 2022 - 12:52am

Recruited for consulting in Singapore so can give some color to the topic.

You probably want to be a Singaporean/PR or have some form of work authorization in order to recruit since immigration laws are getting more protectionist.

Anecdotally, I've heard that there is a substantial % of spots (at least for MBB) that are reserved for kids recruiting from top US and UK schools, and from personal experience the recruitment process/pipeline for overseas schools is separate from that of local schools. I personally went to a bona-fide US target school so getting interviews was straightforward.

From what I've seen, competition for MBB seems pretty intense given the relatively limited amount of spots and the fact that Singaporeans tend to be huge hardos. Hence, recruiting from NUS will probably be pretty competitive and will require winning case competitions/being part of elite clubs etc. Not too sure about Warwick's rep in the consulting world so will let others chime in on that.

Obviously didn't spend any time in consulting in SG, but for Bain and BCG at least, staffing works on a regional level, so you get to work on projects across SEA which mainly vary from Government to O&G to Financial Services. Honestly find this pretty dope since you'd get to work in cities across the region during the week and get to chill in SG on the weekend. Hours are also supposedly comparable to MBB in the US, maybe a bit longer.

May 16, 2022 - 12:09pm
spark-pool, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Would you say it's virtually impossible to recruit for consulting in SG as a foreigner? Or just very challenging?

I.e. do people actually do it?

  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 16, 2022 - 1:14pm

From what I've seen, pre-existing work authorization is required so it's probably closer to virtually impossible than very challenging. But of course, policies might change.

An alternative would be to recruit for consulting in the UK (if you go to Warwick) or in your home country and apply for an office transfer to Singapore.

May 16, 2022 - 1:52pm
spark-pool, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Understood, thanks.

One last question if you don't mind. You said a lot of work is in other SEA countries - would an SEA language be helpful or is English the only language needed?

  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 16, 2022 - 2:06pm

Yea id imagine it's very useful to be able to talk to clients in their native language.

If you're from an ASEAN country it might potentially be worthwhile considering applying to MBB in those countries and then internally transferring your home base to SG.

Jun 11, 2022 - 5:30am
localmbbaspirant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The differentiated pipeline for the top UK & US schools is honestly one of the most stressful parts of MBB recruiting for me even though it's something out of my control. Due to personal circumstances, I had to decline my offers from some of those institutions so I always feel like I'm extremely behind as compared to my peers who're attending those schools. Right now I'm just trying as much as I can to maximise my chances as a local undergrad.

  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
Jun 15, 2022 - 6:19pm

FWIW, the school I attended isn't a target for many firms within finance (where I ended up), so I can empathize with how you're feeling. However, I'm sure if you prep well for the process you'll be able to land interviews coming from NUS/NTU/SMU, and getting the offer is ultimately up to you.

May 16, 2022 - 2:22am
DrApeman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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