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From corporate finance advisory to Management consulting

Ahmed asked on Aug 22, 2019 - 2 answers


I would like to know if it is possible to break into management consulting coming from a corporate finance advisory background (TAS at big four). Is it better to aim for a classic consulting role or seek a position in research team (financial modelling for example?).

I am based in Europe.

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Hi Amed,

I would definitely aim for a classic consulting role. It is also not too far away from corporate finance advisory. At Bain, we had many people from Big4 joining from there or their consulting arms. Research teams usually do not offer the career perspectives that the classic consulting track offers.



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Definitely the generalist. The research is a supporting (non-consulting) role. Here are the implications:

  • You are specialized in a particular sector
  • You may or may not be assigned to a project. In most of the cases, you will have no client-facing activities.
  • Lower salary
  • No international staffing, though lots of remote work with other offices


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