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Cracking into consulting a year after engineering school

Anonymous A asked on Mar 07, 2019

Hi All,

I've been seriously thinking about management consulting. I've worked 3 years as a part time engineering intern while earning my BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering. My GPA was 3.8ish for both degrees. I have solid club and involvement credentials.

I graduate in May and feel like it's too late to apply for consulting/analyst positions. Especially since I have already accepted an offer from an automotive company.

Would I still be able to potentially crack into consulting after working a full year in the automotive industry? Or am I missing the out of college hire cut?

Thank you!

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Francesco replied on Mar 08, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

if your role is in strategy and you manage to obtain a referral, you could definitely be considered for interviews; however, you are likely to start in the firm at the same level as new graduates.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

Thank you for your reply. My role is a mix of technical engineering data, business marketing, and sales. I hope a cross functional role like this proves relevant to consulting companies. — Ous on Mar 09, 2019 (edited)

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Hi,

If it was a business role with the automotive company then the chances are higher. But I would try anyway

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Thank you for your reply. It is a cross-functional role with technical engineering and a business aspect. — Ous on Mar 09, 2019