Hey! Quick question about consulting:

Hey everyone. Quick question:

I'm a junior at a target school, double major in poli-sci/history. I want to go into consulting; I have a 3.4 GPA. however, I have a resume full of public service paid work experience (US Senate, Worked for the mayor, worked for the school board, worked for a non-profit. this is all while in college - I've consistently worked about 25 hrs/wk on top of 2 leadership positions in extracurriculars (VP of fraternity, VP of a student club) and a full college courseload.

Now, you might be thinking, "why go into consulting, why not work for the government?", well my last government internship (US Senate) absolutely sucked (sorted mail for 40 hrs/wk for three months) and totally turned me off of working for the gov't.

Also, money is definitely a factor in why I'm considering consulting. no point in lying to myself about it. it is what it is.

Now, several good friends of have went into consulting and I've often helped them practice cases and I really enjoyed doing them (particularly the book case in point). And to be honest, I firmly believe that if the government solved problems the way businesses/consultants did then there would be less waste and more productivity. But that's a whole different debate.

Anyway, my question is this: do I have a realistic shot, with a 3.4 GPA in poli-sci/history? A friend of mine got an offer at Bain (shanghai office) with a 3.5 as a poli-sci/east asian studies double major, which kinda gives me hope. I'm going to try my hand at all the major firms, not just the top tier. Any thoughts? suggestions? or should I quit while i'm ahead and save myself a bunch of necessary stress?

Comments (12)

Dec 21, 2010

Not really a quick question, but the quick answer is:

Don't quit, go for it. Don't limit yourself to Bain only though.

Dec 21, 2010

Go for it. You might be interested in doing something at Booz or Advisory Board. Coming from a target, you definitely have a shot. If I remember correctly (and it's been awhile since I went through consulting recruiting), the alums from various schools help a bit with choosing kids to interview. That being said, if you do know people at those firms, definitely start networking.

Dec 21, 2010

almost every major firm has a gov/public sector consulting arm in the DC area. apply broadly, you should be fine.

i would look at Booz Allen, MBB, EY/PwC/Deloitte, Advisory Board

Dec 22, 2010

Accenture has a large management consulting practice based in Reston, VA, focused on government clients.

They just gave me an offer, and I have a 3.5 GPA in polisci.

Dec 22, 2010

Below 3.5 is going to make it pretty tough at MBB, unless you've cured cancer, are an MIT engineering grad (or similar tough major at school with little grade inflation), or are related to a partner.

You seem like a good fit for Deloitte/Accenture/Booz Allen, in DC. I'd target your networking outside MBB.

Jan 15, 2011

any other opinions? right now i'm going through on campus recruiting, submitting cover letters/resumes and attending career fairs and whatnot. If i can pull a 4.0 this semester i can bring the gpa up to a 3.51. How much of a better position will that put me in? and if I do not get a summer internship at a consulting firm, what do you suggest I do this summer to maximize my chances of being successful next fall when I apply for full-time offers?

Jan 16, 2011

Getting your GPA up to a 3.51 would probably be helpful in breaking into MBB

Jan 16, 2011

3.4 is cutting it really close to the borderline even at a target, but given your varied extracurricular and internship experiences, you will probably land 1 or 2 first-round interviews at MBB. After that, it all depends on your interview skills, so practice hard! Even if you don't get MBB for the summer internship, if you work for a 2nd-tier consulting over this coming summer (ie. OW, Booz, Monitor, etc.), you will have a good shot at getting interviews from MBB for FT.

Jan 17, 2011

If I had to put odds on your getting or not getting an interview with MBB/OW/Booz/Monitor/etc., they would be around 30 to 1 -- in other words, it's very unlikely, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible. I've known a lot of people (including myself) who got MBB first-round interviews (or, for McK, got invited to the PST) and all had above a 3.6, with most in the 3.7-3.8 range. Your GPA isn't too low, but there are going to be a gob of people coming from your school with much higher GPAs applying to all of these places, and you're likely to miss the cut.

I second the BAH suggestion. From your description of yourself it sounds like they might be a good fit for you, and you might be able to trade up for FT.

Sep 18, 2013


Jan 20, 2011

The PST is something of a black box, but of the 20 or so people who took it with me, about 10 made it through. The interview bar is higher for summers, though, since they hire so few of them. The PST is nothing like the LSAT, and I didn't think it was that similar to the GMAT, either. It would be easy if they gave you two hours to do it, but part of what it's testing is your ability to work very quickly.

Feb 11, 2011