Rising Senior curious about Consulting

Hey guys,

I was wondering if someone who has done consulting can give me some opinions on what skills are most important for being a good consultant. Also is there any way to find out if it is an okay fit without an internship? I am a rising senior at an Ivy who is doing software engineering this summer. I am not amazing enough at coding to be a top Google engineer, so I'm looking for another place where my skills and interests might fit better. Consulting seems to have a lot of the properties that drew me to software engineering; Problem solving, numerical analysis, and constant learning. I'm curious to know if I would even have a shot at getting consulting offers for full time.
I am an intern at one of the big 4 (not FB or G) right now and have a 3.7 in CS. But I'm not really in any clubs and haven't held "leadership" positions. Curious to know what you guys think!

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Jun 8, 2018 - 6:28pm
The Pharma Guy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Structured way of thinking, good people skills, leadership, being organised, languages skills are a plus, ability to multitask, numerical skills, strong vocabulary and good communication, the ability to adapt rapidly and the ability to work well in teams. Being diplomatic often helps; I've had seniors, colleagues and clients say the dumbest shit at times but you can't tell them they're idiots as an analyst or associate.

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Jun 8, 2018 - 11:35pm
dailylamentations, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Agree with everything here.

Just to add - I would say having a very high attention to detail is very key, both quantitative and qualitative attention to detail.

Quantitative attention to detail is making sure logic is sound, assumptions are correct, excel are error-proof etc.

Qualitative attention to detail can be anything from synthesizing qualitative data, make sure you understand and capture everything a client says and make sure nothing falls through.

To be honest, at least at the analyst role, I feel like a highly efficient administrative assistant (e.g., taking notes, collecting secondary, tracking progress, tracking savings, emailing clients to bring them along, finding time to close loops, creating internal roadmaps/workplans/schedules for the team, insert more consulting jargon)

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:58pm
quackquaker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What is the best thing I can do right now to get an offer in the Fall? Or is that going to be a huge stretch given my profile?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:06pm
dailylamentations, what's your opinion? Comment below:

100% not a huge stretch with a great background likes yours.

The best next steps are your usual vanilla answers -

1) Prep for case interviews 2) Prep for general behavioral interviews 3) Network with your school alumni at the firms you want to work at 4) Enjoy the rest of senior year, you'll never have it that good again

Jun 8, 2018 - 6:28pm
Richard4580, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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