Columbia Student Transitioning from government consulting to commercial consulting

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I am currently a student at Columbia Business School pursuing my MBA and am now on Winter break after completing my first semester. Pre-MBA I worked as a Booz Allen Hamilton Consultant for 3-4 years with primarily government and military clientele. However, post-MBA I want to work for a firm which specializes in commercial consulting particularly a MBB firm. Is it possible to make this transition during my time here in Columbia either through internships, networking or other avenues or will my previous experience as a government/military consultant limit me in some way? I plan on meeting with academic career advisers soon but I want to get opinions here first. Thank you.

Comments (3)

Dec 31, 2018

It's extremely common. I could type out a bunch of things, but you should just go to the networking events and talk to your career advisers.

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Jan 2, 2019

You'll be fine. Take the normal route of plenty of networking, case/behavioral interview prep, etc., and just be prepared to articulate your story and why you want to make the move

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Jan 3, 2019
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