I previously posted a question regarding changing my career from R&D to Management consulting and received some great answers. Thank you to everyone who contributed and I would like to ask some follow up questions.
My background: Graduated in one of top 10 universities in US with BS degree in biomedical engineering (not so great GPA). Worked mainly in personal care & household CPG, as both R&D formulation scientist and product development/project manager, with most recent gig at a global cpg brand. Total YOE is a bit over 4 years. No PhD or MS and not working in engineering industry. I've been studying corporate finance for awhile and doing my own investments (rudimentary) but I am pretty familiar with P&Ls, balance sheets, etc. if that helps (?)
Per your advice, I will start applying to MBB and T2 programs in the upcoming months as industry hire and if all else fails, study for GMAT and apply for MBA programs. Meanwhile, some of the follow up questions are:
1. Realistically, is there any chance that a non-MS/PhD/MD but with engineering degree & science background have any chance at MBB or T2 without any prior consulting experience? I do know some firms do welcome PhDs and MDs but I do not apply to that category. Going lower level is no problem as long as I can enter the industry – even entry level like Business Analysts or Associates makes roughly the same as what I'm currently earning anyways
2. Without a background in life sciences or pharma, am I even eligible to apply to some of those life sciences/health care consulting firms? The only relevant experience I believe is merely my scientific background
3. What is your opinion on the difficulty of transitioning from T2 to MBB? Most forums I've seen says it's almost impossible but it seems many in PrepLounge think otherwise?
4. Is there anything I can do to increase my chances other than case/FIT prep for now? I am thinking about doing a side gig related to start up but not sure how much of that experience will actually increase my value in such a short time allotted.
5. What level is appropriate for industry hire? I think industry hires go in as Business Analysts for McK, Associate Consultant at Bain, and Associate Consultant/Senior Associate at BCG but please correct me if I have the wrong information.
6. I know prospective graduates have a general recruitment timeline, but is there any "unspoken" recruitment window regarding industry/experienced hires with a higher chance of recruitment?
I apologize for the long list again but thank you to everyone who has answered previously and I really appreciate any advice or thoughts!