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3 months gap before entering BCG - what to do


Hi everyone,

I am in the privileged situation to have an offer from BCG (Associate level) with a starting date in 3 months’ time, and I am wondering how to use or not to use this time.

Since I started studying at university, I have never taken a break, also my transition from university to work has been seamless (I was still writing my master thesis when I joined my first job).

For this reason, and also anticipating how full the life at BCG will be, I am thinking to take these 3 months to do some volunteering and maybe a short backpacking.

My question would be, especially for those of you who have an experience in a MBB, in the light of your experience, would you suggest me taking a break or would you have other suggestions?


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replied on 08/02/2017
Ex-Mckinsey, current strategy guy at Google.

No brainer: take a break.

replied on 08/02/2017
Current BCGer. 5+ recruitment cycles, can coach you to land a job in major consulting companies

I've been down this road myself (BCG offer 9 months before my entry date) and there are two things you should consider:

- If you're feeling tired: take a break, relax, travel. This will be - for a few years - the last "free time" you'll have so enjoy it.

- If you're not tired and willing to invest some time: consider preparing and taking the GMAT. The scores last for 5 years and you're probably applying for a B-school in the next 2-3 years. Having to study for this while in a demanding project can be really hard and you will not like to spend your vacations doing this.

Welcome to BCG and wish you the best of luck!

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