Switching universities in Germany - a wise choice?

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I started studying political science at TU Darmstadt, but received my admission for the ESB Reutlingen (production management) a few days ago. How much of an advantage for breaking into consulting would it be if I'd switch?

- more target (looking at the recruiting events)
- not as "useless" as political science

- I'm happy at my current university, don't know how Reutlingen will be
- losing 6 month

I appreciate any advise.

Comments (11)

Jan 22, 2012

I'd stay where you are.... the proximity to frankfurt is invaluable. If it was Mannheim, EBS or one of the other target then it would be understandable. I don't think you would be doing yourself a favour... do a masters afterwards instead in order to get a brand name on your cv. Try to network as much as possible. None of the students do it in Germany. Shocking....

Jan 22, 2012

also i think production management sounds just as useless...

Jan 22, 2012

as far as i know BCG boasts a "50% non-business background" rate, so you should have a good shot at consulting. also, i regularly see ads on LEO for workshops for non-business students, also from BCG.

Is ESB really a target for consulting?

Jan 22, 2012

Thanks for your insights.

@another monkey
I'd say it's semi target, as Booz, Bayne, BCG, etc are attending career fairs and / or offering workshops.
And may I ask what LEO is? I don't really know what you mean right now.

I'm not quite sure if it's useless, it's just their name for a combined business and engineering degree.

Jan 23, 2012

ESB is a target, most def.

Jan 24, 2012

well, then i guess its a positive thing. b

Jan 25, 2012

Thanks for the info (no pun intended).

Have to decide until the end of the week, so if someone else want to share some knowledge, I'd be happy to read it.

Jan 25, 2012

I'd also recommend to stay at TUD. The university has a good national standing and while ESB might have better placement you will have to compete with a larger crowd of applicants with a business background from this uni.
Believe it or not, I met quite a few consultants who still reject the idea of working with someone from a university of applied sciences...

My recommendation would be to try and take some business related courses if that's possible through a minor or at least as extra-courses which will appear on your grade list. Try to attend some career events for "Wirtschaftsingenieure" and get a business-related internship (maybe in a 2nd-3rd tier consultancy).
With that package you should still benefit from the "non-business-background" recruiting efforts and still stand out from your peers.

Jan 27, 2012

Thanks for your answers, helped me quite a bit.

I can take most business courses and going for a dual degree starting winter 2012. As a joint b.a. politics/business would get me out of the "non-business-background" at a pretty weak business university, I think I'll just do a couple of business courses. Are there any "must have" besides accounting, company valuation, investing and financing, micro 1/macro1 (have to do these two anyway) ?

Jan 27, 2012

I wouldn't consider valuation or financing/corporate finance to be a "must have" to get into consulting... My list would include: micro 1, macro 1, corporate strategy and a good add-on would be financial accounting and/or supply chain management (always entry-level courses).

If you aim for specialized consultancies your finance heavy selection might be necessary but not for the generalist firms.

Jan 27, 2012