I'm a long time lurker here, so I know how informative (and honest) the community is, and as a result I was wondering if a few of you would be able to give me some advice on my chances of breaking into consulting and/or recommended another course of action to position me for a career in consulting.
School: Big 10 State School (non-target)
Major: International Relations
GPA: 3.2 Major GPA: 3.4
Taking GMAT in February
Studied Economics at the University of London for a semester
Spent a year in Japan studying Japanese language and culture
Internship with a European Parliament - Working on economic issues/research
Currently in Singapore interning with the U.S. Gov't - business related work (counseling, consulting, market research, etc.)
I have to admit that I didn't consider consulting as a serious avenue of employment until quite recently. I went into school thinking that I was going to be a doctor, but eventually dropped that, with the idea of going into government. However, I got absolutely rocked my freshman year due to health issues that eventually resulted in major surgery and simply being wholly unprepared for college. I finished the year with a 1.9.
Obviously I have had a pretty persistent upward trend in my grades, however, I know that my gpa is a non-starter at many places. In addition, I never took the SAT, coming from the Midwest, and didn't rock the ACT due to aforementioned health issues.
I've been networking my ass off here in Singapore with alumni back stateside and random businesses that I meet through my internship, however, my efforts haven't been met with much luck. I had a talk with one alumni recently at one of the major consulting firms that said she would forward my resume, however, I haven't heard from her in a little over a week, and I'll probably want to wait another before bugging her about it.
Through my internships I've realized that government really isn't for me (slow pace, lack of advancement opps, political b.s....), which is why I became interested in consulting. It seems to incorporates the aspects of research that I love from my major (without getting into ridiculous 30pg papers), while still maintaining a high level of interpersonal communication.
So do you think I have a chance at any places? Should I concentrate my efforts into obtaining another career? Any general advice? Keep networking? If so, until when?