I have been pleasantly surprised with the responses I have seen to people asking for help on the forum, hoping you can assist me in my decisions here...
I would like to get into, specifically , but am wondering if I stand a chance, given the background of everyone in the company profiles...My main reasons for wanting to get into consulting is that it offers a challenge, and there is such a significant amount of knowledge to be gained that I don't think I will ever get bored. I don't feel like I am really challenged at work, and the career development prospects in the defense industry are lackluster...
My background is
Undergrad - top 20 engineering school stateside, 3.735 GPA in Electrical Engineering
Graduate (Masters) - top 15 grad school stateside, (as of now) 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering, currently attending after work.
I currently work for a large defense contractor in the Washington D.C. area. I have roughly 2.5 years of experience, in the engineering industry. For the last 1.5 years (since I have started with my current company) I have been able to transition from doing technical work to project management. I have been getting promoted into positions of increasing leadership responsibility within the company every 4-6 months and am currently responsible, along with two other people, for a $2.1 million program. I should also have my PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification in May.
I would like to apply to MBB in a year, after finishing my MSEE. I have read that they value engineering backgrounds, but do I even stand a chance of getting an interview if I submit through their website?
What can I do to further increase my chances of getting (then rocking) the interview? I have begun doing case studies. Could someone recommend any good material to learn the business fundamentals necessary for the case studies?
What is the best way to network with people in MBB? Has anyone made a similar transition from engineering and could reflect on the process? (yes, I used the Search bar and I have read the first 5 pages of hits)
I currently am 23 and make slightly above 70k. What kind of salary could I hope for, and could I join as an associate?
I really appreciate your inputs in advance. Thanks!