Just got laid off... am I too late for recruiting?

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Just got the news, my company terminated my position and I will be officially unemployed in two weeks. It wouldn't be a big deal if it wasn't the fact that I am still on my F-Visa and need to find a new company in about a month to get start with the H1B-Visa application.

A little bit about myself, I graduated in 2013 from a top public university (Berkley, UCLA, UMich, etc.) with a B.S. in Computer Science and has been working for a major commercial bank to develop and maintain its trading platform. The work is fine, but some of the people there are horrible. You will be laughed at when you ask something they think are stupid or made some mistake, which as a junior developer happens a lot. When the company brought me on board they said they have 12mil in budget and really wanted to expand the team, and now it is like "you know the bank is not doing well, we lost tons of money and we have budget cut, blah, blah, blah". When I got the severance package, I am kind of glad because I really don't like working there.

I have always wanted to pursue management consulting and I was planning on doing that after getting the H-Visa. Now that is out of the window, I have to speed up on my plan.

What's on my plate:

Advantage:
- Currently doing part-time mba at booth
- Have 760 on GMAT
- Just passed CFA l, and registered for II June this year
- Solid math and analytical skills (granted on undergrad level)

Disadvantage:
- Have no experience in consulting
- Not prepared at all for interview (case studies specifically)
- Know literally nobody in the consulting business

I have just started reading books like Case in point and think I could finish within a week.

Now fellow monkeys, am I too late for consulting recruiting?
What will you do in my position?

Any advices are appreciated!

Region: 
United States - West

Comments (14)

Feb 12, 2015

I think getting a job in 1 month given your Visa status will be extremely challenging. Can you switch over to the full time track at Booth?

Feb 12, 2015

I was thinking about this. Then I made the call and found out that Booth doesn't allow this. Basically if I want to switch I have to reapply to full-time again. Given the timeline, I am not so sure I could do it, plus there is always the chance that I don't get admitted. GMAT is taken care of though, but I still need the recommendation letters, interviews and essays, etc.

Feb 12, 2015

Difficult timeline - highly improbable if you stay so narrowly focused on consulting.

Recommend you expand your options to anything CS, finance, or consulting related. Highly recommend you start targeted cold emailing (find a position posted online, then lookup the decision maker and ping them directly).

Definitely talk to people in your booth classes & see if they know of any seats or ways you can create a seat for yourself

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Feb 12, 2015

I agree, I think if I stay in the programming side, I definitely could make it soon, and I do have some leads. But I can't help but see this as a opportunity to pursue a different career, maybe I am oversimplifying the reality. I do have some networking events lined up, may not lead to anything, but I will try to make the most out of it. About cold emailing, since I am pretty new to this, how do you determine who has the hiring power? Usually on LinkedIn, it is a recruiter who post a job, can you maybe give some pointers in finding who is actually behind that job post?

Feb 12, 2015
Accrual Basis:

I agree, I think if I stay in the programming side, I definitely could make it soon, and I do have some leads. But I can't help but see this as a opportunity to pursue a different career, maybe I am oversimplifying the reality. I do have some networking events lined up, may not lead to anything, but I will try to make the most out of it. About cold emailing, since I am pretty new to this, how do you determine who has the hiring power? Usually on LinkedIn, it is a recruiter who post a job, can you maybe give some pointers in finding who is actually behind that job post?

Would just focus on your timeline for now. You can always set a start date that is a month out, and continue recruiting with a safety net below you. Sure its amoral, but its also practical.

A month to lock up your ideal employment opportunity is not easy.

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Feb 12, 2015

You don't need to dick around on WSO for this. Who cares whether people think you can make it or not? You're unemployed - you should be working all your awake hours on:

1) Apply for the programming jobs you believe you can get to make sure you don't get kicked out of the country in 1 month
2) Apply for all and every consulting job - in your home country too, if that's an option and you want to (depends on where you're from - if your home country has MBB or other global consulting companies you can transfer internally later)
3) Practice case interviews relentlessly - if you get just 1 interview you want to be able to NAIL IT

With your timeline it's really the only thing you can do. Good luck.

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Feb 12, 2015

Thanks man, I will do that! By the way, you think it is possible for me to PM you some questions I have?

Feb 12, 2015

I'd talk to Booth and see if they'd give you an educational Visa to stay, your biggest pain point is the 1 month timeline, not your skills.

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Feb 12, 2015

@Accrual Basis shoot me a PM. I am a Booth guy. More than willing to offer up some personal advice if you want.

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Feb 13, 2015

Getting consulting out of part-time mba at booth is nearly impossible, especially since the part-timers are treated like second-class citizens at booth. And no, you can't transfer in since that would undermine the prestige of the school.

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Feb 13, 2015

I just graduated from Booth Fulltime last year. mbavsmfin is incorrect. The part-time program is pretty strong and I've had classes in Gleacher as well. Start having a conversation with career services and make sure you're all over the portal. Unfortunately I don't have anything contacts-wise for you but the resources at Booth, especially for consulting, should be helpful

Feb 13, 2015

You graduated very recently, so will have to look at analyst level roles (especially with irrelevant work experience). Try to reconcile PT MBA as analyst when you building your story. They'll probably be curious around how you'll handle it while traveling/working long hours.

Feb 14, 2015

Booth is a great school. Even though you're part-time I can't really see it being a disadvantage for you, but try to transfer as full-time student if at all possible.

I'm bi-winning. I win here, and I win there.

Feb 16, 2015
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