I'm planning to apply to MBBs in Europe and am thinking about networking on linkedin as I don't have a degree from the target european schools.
I have more of a specialized engineering profile with top institutions in my domain but not really recognizable otherwise. This makes me believe that a referral is a must to be considered for an interview.
Naturally, I have no connections in MBBs and haven't really found any Alumni from my school who have gone down that route so it seems that networking will need to be with people on linkedin that I have no connection with. How would you recommend I go about that?
If I am able to establish contact and get a phone call, how would you recommend I go about asking for a referral? I think asking explicitly might be counterproductive but I also believe that it needs to be provoked somehow. Any good ideas?
Thanks a lot!