AMA: Implementation Consulting Associate - Breaking in with a Low GPA

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Hi WSO! Looking to give back to the community so I decided to host an AMA on implementation consulting.

Quick Background

  • Non-target school
  • Low GPA (under 3.2)
  • Graduated in last few years and have been working as an implementation consultant (good option for members that can't break into management/strategy consulting right out of undergrad)

WSO Mentors

Happy to answer questions in this AMA thread or more 1 on 1 through the WSO Mentor program. Here's my mentor profile - click here.

WSO Podcast: Member @MonkeyMentor1

In the pod, I spoke with (Patrick) about recruiting out of undergrad, a day in the life, things I wish I knew earlier and the exit opps for implementation consulting. Hope you enjoy (listen below)!

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***Free WSO shirt given out to the first 50 reviewers for this new WSO Podcast (in iTunes) and then one for every episode after that!


Comments (12)

May 15, 2019

awesome episode of the pod, have you been a part of the interviewing process for your company since getting hired (been the interviewer?). what did you like about the candidates that you hired if so?

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May 16, 2019

Thank You, I have been a part of the interviewing process for my company since getting hired. There's a lot of things we look at but one top thing we look for is someone who can learn quickly and remain calm. Throughout the case process there are a lot of things that we throw at you to see how you respond in the heat of the moment. If we can't trust you to do that then we can't trust that you will be able to do it with the client.

May 15, 2019

Thank you @MonkeyMentor1 for coming on the pod! Wishing you the best.

May 16, 2019

Anytime! Thank you, it was a pleasure

May 16, 2019

Do you want to make a career in implementation or are you looking to pivot to strategy via MBA or otherwise?

May 16, 2019

My goal is to pivot to Strategy but I do not feel that I need to make it to MBB. If I did want to MBA would be necessary.

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Jun 3, 2019

I am looking to pivot to Strategy via MBA eventually but it will not be targeting only MBB since chances are still slim

May 30, 2019

How did you overcome your lower GPA to get interviews?

Jun 3, 2019

In the episode of the podcast I talk about how important my networking skills were in helping me get an interview. Networking is one of the most important things you can do aside from having good internship experience to help you land an interview.

Jun 6, 2019