So let me first briefly explain my situation. My background is in natural sciences and I managed to get an invitation to interview at one of the MBB firms, but of course the chances of actually getting the gig are realistically still rather slim. But besides the MBB interview I also have other interviews lined up:
- Management consultant at two tier2 firms
- Technology consultant at other big consulting firms
- Not (directly) consulting-related jobs which do require traveling and some analytical thinking/problem solving, they would be fun-to-do jobs but are in the long run less challenging.
Let me stress that my main goal is to (eventually) end up at an MBB firm, however I have also been playing with the idea of doing a phd. So I have been thinking of a long-term strategy for myself, and I would love to hear your opinion on whether or not this will produce a CV which will help me to get an interview in the future:
1) In case I get the MBB offer: Take offer and be happy forever.
2) Otherwise: Take another offer, which I hope to receive, and do this for some time.
3) After about one year (for the less challenging) or two years (the non-MBB consulting jobs), quit and do a phd for three years
4) Re-apply at MBB firms
Of course I can totally imagine myself being perfectly happy at a tier 2 firm, so the strategy could change.
Is this a feasable strategy? And will it matter if I did a technology consulting job, or a relatively unrelated sector?