Q&A: PhD -> MBB (with some steps in between)
I wanted to do an AMA for people who might be in the same situation I've been the last couple of years, as I have often seen very little to no content for this group: PhDs looking to transition out of academia and considering consulting.
Little background on me: I come from a large EU country, studied in the UK, worked at a F500 automotive-sector company for a year, went on to do a PhD back in continental Europe (in social sciences), then spent most of 2020 applying to 15-20 jobs a day (ended up with ca. 500-700 applications, most were throwaways).
Offer-wise, I had an almost offer at anconsulting firm (literally 2 weeks after first lockdown), later got one at a government regulator in the UK (where in and kicked me out), found another job in econ consulting at a large financial service firm, and now I am due to in 2 months in the generalist consulting track (as opposed to a specialised or technical role).
My CV/cover letter/LinkedIn profile went through a lot of iterations, and I often found the info for PhDs lacking. This is of course logical, considering there aren't too many of us, and even fewer who want to go to consulting specifically. So, if anyone has any questions about how to approach it, when to consider moving, what steps to take to gear/present your profile in a consulting-friendly way (like what to put in your CV and how to present it in your interviews), I'm here. I'm happy to talk about my experience, or answer questions about yours, and I have a ton of material (for CVs, cover letters, test and interview prep, networking) if you like too, although to be honest a lot of it is covered better elsewhere by much more experienced people.
If you want to discuss it more in-depth and less publicly, feel free to PM me, I'm cool with that too.