European target for consulting

Hi everyone,
I'm currently a bachelor student at a Non-target in Europe. I'd like to pursuit a career in consulting. Therefore I'd like to know the best/target school in Europe for my purpose. Thanks everyone who will respond in advance.

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Aug 27, 2021 - 3:06pm

I know a few from Mannheim, Otto Beisheim and Frankfurt SoM in consulting. But I don't think they are at McK.
The McK guy I know is from Insead and works in their Pharma team.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Sep 3, 2021 - 6:31am

Can recommend HEC Paris MiM programme if you can hack a 2-3 year programme, or Strategic Management / International Finance if you would prefer just 1 year.

Lot of my peers placed comfortably into MBB / strong consultancies across Europe, mostly into the offices in their home countries.

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  • Prospect in PE - Other
Sep 4, 2021 - 6:26pm

Following is from what I know for London. 

Firstly, while there is a continental target presence (HEC, Bocconi, INSEAD, etc.) it's definitely less prominent than for finance. There's also more differentiation between targets. So for finance, you have six standard UK universities that are targeted by every bank (Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, UCL, Warwick) and there isn't much between them in terms of placement, with the slight exception of some EB groups still being Oxbridge dominated. Whereas for MBB, it's much more tiered. Oxbridge makes up 40-50% of most analyst classes (less than it used to be), LSE/Imperial about a quarter, other good UK unis (UCL, Warwick, Durham, Edinburgh mostly) about 20% and then the final 10%ish from foreign (continental and U.S.) universities. This varies a little by which MBB specifically - BCG's official campus recruiting leak a few years ago only had four targets (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE - no UCL), McKinsey seems to treat UCL on a more similar level to Imperial and LSE (but note that Warwick is nowhere near as strong for consulting placement as it is for finance), and I would generally say that Bain has more Oxbridge people and less LSE/Imperial. That BCG leak suggested they would automatically screen out anyone not at those four target universities unless they had a first, for what it's worth.

Tier 2 is blurry but the four targets above plus UCL, Warwick, Durham and Edinburgh will likely stand you in good stead. If we're talking less selective firms, including Big 4 consulting, any top 10-15 UK university (aforementioned universities plus some of Bristol, KCL, Manchester, Exeter, St Andrews, Nottingham, Leeds, Bath as a rough, unordered, and not entirely accurate or exhaustive list) will give you a reasonable chance of getting through initial screening providing you have decent academics and some relevant experience. 

Do note, however, that target status matters less than finance once you actually get an interview - most of whether you get the job comes down to case performance. Also, referrals do exist (although can be difficult to get for London) and can help you break in from a semi/non-target. 

  • Associate 2 in PE - LBOs
Sep 5, 2021 - 4:17am

At the MBB I was at it was 1a: Oxbridge, 1b: Imperial/UCL/LSE, 2: Warwick etc.

This is roughly speaking. In reality there is much more detail behind it on a course level etc., but this was the quick yardstick effectively. From Tier 2 it became noticably harder to land an interview, but certainly still possible. As a side note, LSE was losing status quite rapidly due to quality of the applicants (very few offers per interview granted compared to other unis) - not sure if they eventually pulled the trigger on it as its a few years ago now, might have resolved itself already

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