I recently accepted the offer to join one of the MBB as a post-PhD consultant in a few months. However, I feel completely unprepared for the job. I joined my PhD straight out of undergrad and have not had any real work experience other than a couple of engineering internships in college. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a business setting working with corporate clients; I haven’t even had a real boss for a long time. Compared to those with the same job title in the office I will be joining, who have either been with the firm for a few years or have spent 3-5 years in industry, I feel utterly unqualified.
I guess my questions are:
- How can I prepare myself mentally to reduce my anxiety and insecurity?
- What can I do to prepare myself for the job? On the technical side, I am currently going through the Training the Street Excel and Financial Modelling courses, but what can I do to improve my problem solving, communication, and prioritization skills?
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