Entry level consulting out of Undergrad

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I'm an undergrad (senior) at a non-ivy, good public school (non-feeder) who has a strong background and experience in biomedical research. I double majored in neuroscience and public health. Before applying to MD or PhD grad schools, I am thinking of doing a 1-2 year gig as an entry level analyst or consultant (possibly related to biotech/healthcare consulting).
Being that I have minimal knowledge in business or finance, what are my chances (do I even have any chances) of being hired as an entry level consultant? I have public health internship experience and GPA is at 3.9+.
Thanks!

Comments (13)

 
2/16/16

Unless your public school is UC Berkeley-caliber or similar I'd say MBB is a long shot.

But Tier 2, Big 4, and boutique firms recruit at good public schools. I know of bio or public health majors with high GPAs that received full-time offers at the Big 4 in their health care practices. That 3.9+ GPA helps a lot. However, it's late in the game already a lot of firms recruit in the fall, but apply because you have a shot at getting interviews.

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2/16/16

Probably slim to none at any of the major firms- they've already finalized their full-time hiring list and headcount budgets. Couldn't hurt to apply, though you may have more success with some boutique firms. I would look at boutique firms within the area of expertise you have and go from there.

 
2/16/16

But even if I had applied in the fall, would the fact that I have no business background (also from a non-target school) give me a chance at consulting?

 
2/16/16

Yeah, that wouldn't affect you, especially if you were going for a more niche firm.

 
2/17/16
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But even if I had applied in the fall, would the fact that I have no business background (also from a non-target school) give me a chance at consulting?

There are plenty of undergrads without a business undergrad who come into consulting. In fact, many of the top schools (Harvard, Yale, etc) don't even HAVE an undergrad business curriculum. Even ones that do (Wash U as an example) send people into consulting from engineering, math, and other backgrounds.

 
2/17/16

Thanks! Question about cover letters... being that I am coming from a non-traditional background, what would be the most important things to emphasize or include in the cover letter? Is this super important relative to the resume?

 
2/17/16

Good question. Depends on the experiences/accomplishments that you've had. Consulting firms typically look for two key areas: quantitative aptitude (Is this person comfortable with data, numbers and analysis) and soft skills (is this person client-friendly, able to ask the right questions and an achiever). Think critically about your experiences and your resume, and figure out which area is least developed. I would spend more time on that one that is least developed elsewhere, while also touching the other one as well, if that makes sense. Difficult to explain without the specifics

 
2/17/16

I would include what sparked your interest in consulting versus the traditional path for your major.

 
2/17/16
 
 
2/17/16

ermmm..... we need more details about you. washington u, is that a semi-target?

idunno, but i hear bad things about b-school placement from boutique consultancies. have you considered investment banking? you're probably better off doing corporate strategy or F500 finance (if that's your only option) than working at an unknown consultancy.

::anyone who actually knows what they're talking about feel free to chime in::

Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

 
2/17/16

I guess I wasnt very concise in my original post. sorry! what I meant was I would like to attract tier 2 firms (OW, ATK, Marakon, Accenture etc.) in the future. I'm not targeting MBB at all. I'm a realist.

 
2/17/16

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