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[Career Advise] Consulting career road map

Anonymous A asked on Oct 27, 2018

Hi everyone,

I would like to ask whether I should go for consulting with Big 4 firm to get strong enough and apply for M2B or should I start as a financial analyst in industrial firm (such as FMCG, retail - higher salary than Big 4) and apply for M2B later

Thanks for your support

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Benjamin replied on Oct 29, 2018
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Hi,

Both will give you opportunities to apply later for MBB.
Therefore I would recommand to make this choice based on you current preferences and not the perspective of joining MBB later on, for which you have no garanty of success.

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Anonymous replied on Oct 28, 2018

I agree that you should choose a career path that makes you happy and that you are excited about. Going the MBB route will do 3 things:

1) Give you more exposure: At an MBB firm, you will work on a diverse set of projects that involve different types of problems in different industries, thus broadening your exposure

2) Accelerate your learning: I always used to tell candidates that you learn in "dog years" because you truly do learn at a much faster pace in consulting than in almost any other field

3) Receive a great deal of mentorship: Mentorship at the MBB firms is a core value and is a way to quickly understand areas where you need to work on to get better. You don't usually receive that in other settings

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Doing something on the hope of snatching an MBB offer later on is ok,but remember the odds are low. Make sure you also select a career that will make you happy. Ultimately, how well you do will matter more than 'what' you do

Vlad replied on Oct 27, 2018
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Hi,

Both options are equally good to make a career switch to MBB. However, it's important to have a broad experience to tell the interviewer about. The chances of getting a diverse experience are higher with a Big 4 Firm.

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