Consulting VS. Graduate program?

Anonymous A asked on Aug 19, 2018

Hello,

What is perceived as more "high end" between strategy consulting and a graduate program in a Global 500?

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Anonymous replied on Aug 19, 2018

I did both and I would strongly suggest strategy consulting.

The opportunity that an MBB experience in terms of learning and growth of a professional journey is incredible.

The pace in a corporate is incredible slower and even if you are part of a graduate program you still face it.

Join strategy consulting for 3-5 years and then jump in Global 500.

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Overall, agree with Giuseppe with the caveat that it also depends on what strategy consulting firm you choose.

Between MBB and Global 500, definitely MBB. With some 2nd/3rd tier firms, there could be an argument to be made that working at Global F500 could give you more prestige/recognition.

Kay replied on Aug 21, 2018
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I would definitely say that strategy consulting would generally be perceived as more "high end", assuming of course you are employed by MBB or perhaps even Tier 2. Otherwise I think the braand name and reputation would determine the glamour.

I started my career with a graduate programme and had a steep learning curve initially, however this soon plateaued and the job became less fulfilling as I became better at it, which is why I am now exploring strategy consulting. I think your learning curve and breadth of knowledge will be far greater in strategy consulting, and you would likely pick up a lot of industry knowledge that you would've gained in a graduate programme as well.