An English major with minimum business/quant stuff?

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I am currently a sophomore English major at a target school (think bottom half of top ten in USNews) and I am extremely worried about getting a decent consulting gig.

I have very minimal business and quantitative experience (although I stupidly turned down a spot in the business club recently). However, I am very involved in public speaking and creative writing clubs, where I have shown a few exec positions. In addition, I have a 3.9 GPA.

What is the chance I get a consulting job? I don't need it to be MBB, I just want somebody to pay me $80,000.

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Mar 10, 2019

So you want to work in business, yet you turned down a spot in the business club and decided to major in English?

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Mar 10, 2019

Yes, I'm currently focused on having a rewarding educational experience. And I highly regret the business club (they have a very intensive fratty pledge season I did not have time for, however).

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Mar 10, 2019

You think majoring in English is rewarding? lol

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Mar 10, 2019

You go to a target you're fine. Though it's weird that you want an enriching educational experience while solely want consulting, cuz you want a job that pays 80k.

Mar 10, 2019

I have familial obligations that make it necessary.

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Mar 10, 2019

Even though an English major isn't desirable, given your grades at a target just work on the case interviews.

Mar 10, 2019

Honestly you're fine, just apply. No way you don't get interviews if you're at a top 10 with a 3.9 GPA no matter the major.

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Mar 10, 2019

Your major at a target doesn't really matter.. you've hit the bar with your other stats anyway just do some light networking, write a strong app and prep well for cases.

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Mar 10, 2019

I went to a Top-10 LAC and knew English, history, and religion majors who got MBB, so definitely doable if you keep your grades up. Best way to enhance your quant profile would be to minor in something like Applied Math / Econ, or at least take a few quant classes and put them on your resume as "Select Coursework." If you can't swing the classes, at least try and take on some quantitative type project in your internship this summer.

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Mar 10, 2019

That's good to hear! Thank you!

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Mar 11, 2019

I went to Top-10 LAC like PE-biz and also recommend that you take some quant courses. If your school has a consulting interview prep group join that. You should also start speaking with people in the field to get a better sense of what they do and what type of consulting you'd like to do.

Mar 11, 2019

You probably have a decent enough quant base having gained admission to a target school. Business math isn't much more than contextualized SAT math.

That said, you still need to learn the basics - some combo of understanding financial statements and accounting, financial measurement and analysis, sales and marketing concepts, etc.

Read any decent books on case prep and gun for an internship

Mar 10, 2019

Thank you for the advice! I just ordered some case prep books!

So if I was decent at AP calc and physics, I should be able to handle consulting math?

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Mar 11, 2019
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