PWC Forensic Advisory vs Deloitte Risk Advisory vs EY Risk Advisory (HONG KONG) - Chances on getting into Management Consulting

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Hi all,

Been amused by the information I am getting from this forum so far, and I will like to get some insights from you on my situation as well.

I just graduated from a mid range college in the states. I double majored in Economics and Information System, my major GPA is 3.6 and my CGPA is 3.3. I wanted to get into Management Consulting, but I thought my background would not stand out from the applications so I did not apply to MBB this year (I did regret about it though, should have submitted anyways). Nonetheless, I have now received some offers from the Big4 advisories, and will like to get some insights from you all. I will like to know which offer would better prepare me in the future if I still wanted to get into Management ConsultingMBB in 2-3 years.

So far, these are the offers I have received, and they are all full time positions in Hong Kong:
- PWC Forensic Advisory
- Deloitte Risk Advisory - Cyber Security
- EY Risk Advisory - IT

Can you comment on each offers:
1) what are the exit opportunities
2) what are the chances on placing me into a better position to get into Management Consulting (ideally MBB)
3) Does working Deloitte Advisory help getting into Deloitte Consulting?
4) Will getting a CFA or a CPA help?
5) I am aware Big4 Advisories are not Management Consulting, so are there any additional work I can do to make my portfolio more attractive to MBB recruiters in the future? (Business school maybe?)

I guess it is also important to note that I am from Hong Kong, and this is why all the jobs I have applied to are in Hong Kong too. I know the industries' prospect, and the situation for each Big4 vary from country to country, city to city, but I would still like to know what you would have done if this scenario is in the US or UK, or anywhere else. Thank you in advance!

Comments (6)

Feb 7, 2018

So I don't know about Forensic Advisory from experience, but I've heard that Risk Advisory is really compliance-esque and doesn't entail a whole lot of actual analysis.

I don't know anyone that's ever done Forensic/Dispute Advisory but from the job description alone it sounds like you'd gain a lot more experience that's transferable to other types of economic/litigation consulting, which is a huge industry that pays a lot of money.

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Feb 8, 2018

Thank you for your comment LReed, regarding Economic/Litigation Consulting, is there anything particular I can do to learn more about the industry? I took Econometrics and Game Theory in college, and I did well in those subjects. Will a master degree in Economics/Statistics be helpful for the future application?

Feb 8, 2018

I'm sure a masters degree in econ/stats wouldn't hurt but I'm not in that industry and can't really advise you on how to move up in it.

Feb 8, 2018

I would choose PwC forensic advisory. This is quantitative, intellectually-stimulating work that will teach you a hell of lot more valuable skills than would a Risk Advisory roll at EY or Deloitte. Also, I think the likelihood of a transition into Management Consulting in the future would be higher if you went with PwC gig. Also - nice job on securing all the offers. Congrats!

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Feb 8, 2018

Thank you for your comment Sinatra. The brand name that PwC has is definitely a Plus, and it does seem the work is more intriguing too. May I ask what else would you suggest me to do to prepare myself into transitioning into Management Consulting? For example, is Business school necessary? Since I only got average grades from a mid-range college. Or what are the other routes or things I can follow or do to break into the Management Consulting world? Thanks

Feb 8, 2018
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