Getting into MBB from non-target undergrad

Hi! So I am going to USD in the fall of 2020, but I recognize that it's not a target for MBB. However, what I have noticed is that a few USD graduates have made it in, and it appears that they were basically the best of the best. My goal is to pursue internships that will help me and to perform as highly as possible. I'm in the Honors Program as well. So, my main questions: What are some of the best internships for MBB in San Diego (or LA)? What should I be majoring in? (I'm planning to do an Econ-Finance Double Major with a minor in IT Management). I'm asking early so that I can plan ahead. Thank you so much!

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Apr 18, 2020 - 3:32pm

It doesn't matter what you major in. You should do things with your time that are impressive. It doesn't matter in what field or format. Obviously that's gonna be harder if you have literally no passion except getting an offer from a consulting firm. That'll definitely hinder you. The frosh that come in obsessed with consulting are always the most boring.

Also, consider most people leave MBB after two years. Why do you want to go there, what do you actually want? Even if it's just money, there are better ways.

Best of luck.

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:16pm

When there's a will there's a way. It sounds like you would be competitive as you are already a Honors Student at the college. I'd advise you network with alumni after your sophmore year and immerse yourself in consulting cases, most specifically on Market Sizing questions. Ideally, I'd major in Engineering to show that you have a quant background as overcoming adversity is a key quality that consulting recruiters look for. If you maintain a high GPA with such coursework, you'd be unstoppable. Finance and Econ is a good combo as well as it shows your interest for business. I'd aim for a 3.8+ GPA. By the looks of it, you have what it takes to be successful but you can't rest on your laurels. Look for internships in PWM or Fortune 500 companies in your freshman and sophmore year. Then I'd try to build a story with your past experience and clearly articulate why you'd be a good consultant. Make friends in college who are also interested in consulting so you'd have a case partner. Lastly, I'd advise you to keep an open mind and have a Plan B and C as life throws you curve-balls. With that said, you're in a great position. Good Luck!

Apr 19, 2020 - 9:38am

Admist great responses here, **I do believe I have the answer you are looking for. **
Slightly off your direct questions, I do believe the insight here will help you.

And they are 4 MBB senior consultants that have decided to take it upon themselves to really focus on people with challenging profiles or do not fit the "top MBB consultant mould". These veterans are *Micheal Boricki (Became a partner at Mck before 30), Bill Matassoni (Ex- Mckinsey and BCG Partner), Kevin P. Coyne (Ex-McKinsey partner & Worldwide Strategy Practice Co-Leader), and Kris Safarova (Partner and Author, "Succeeding as a Management Consultant"). *It is important I mention all these people so you know that there are people out there who want people like you and me to succeed at management even when it doesn't look like we can. You can find them and their work at FIRMSconsulting "dot com".

Head over there, subscribe to their mailing list, listen to all their free content and podcast, and then decide if you would like to delve deeper. **The key is, just you have mentioned, start early. **

If they can get the following people into Mckinsey and BCG, you should be able to:

  1. A 40 year old who became a Mckinsey Associate
  2. A young lady who took a 5 year maternity level to care for her two young girls
  3. A graduate from Arizona State Universuty
  4. A female Moroccan (Morroco is a country in Africa) who was never given a chance in her country.
  5. A young American who flipped burgers and worked at a mechanic garage for about 6 years (if I remember correctly).

Tell me, is your profile as bad as anyone of the,m?

You got a chance.

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Apr 19, 2020 - 12:32pm

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Apr 19, 2020 - 2:59pm
Analyst 1 in Other:

This is not the first account I've seen that suddenly appears and all of its content is saying positive things about FirmsConsulting. I find it highly suspicious that this account is just promoting that company, which also happens to have plenty of bad reviews on this site for its cost.

It is clear you have some personal grievances to settle. Other than that, your post makes little sense to me. I share content based on what I know and I have found incredibly useful! I use the service and I am not being paid to do this. I'd be happy to see where I have violated any of the platform rules and I will be happy to take down my post.

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Apr 19, 2020 - 2:00pm

If a former partner has nothing better to do than spend 1:1 time with undergrads to prep for recruiting, there's something seriously wrong.

That, or you guys are consistently misleading folks by talking all about those people despite them not being all that involved, which I think is more likely.

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