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Going downhill since consulting internship

Anonymous A

Hello,

I'm hoping to get some consultants perspective as a hiring decision maker.

I recently finished an internship in a top tier strategy consulting firm and didn't get a full time offer (didn't pass the full time interview following the internship). I was naive in thinking I would get the full time offer and did not apply to any other firm during the January recruiting cycle.

Now the best job I could get is a B2B sales job. They recognize my consulting experience and are offering me a salary as good as consulting, but I don't see a sustainable career here. I'm just thinking now that the foolish mistake of not applying to other jobs in January has put me in this downhill position? Should I take this sales job and try consulting again after a year or two or should I take my time and wait for next recruiting cycle (it would be 8 months of no work experience since my internship if I wait until the next recruitment cycle).

Thank you,

Anonymous

Andrea
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replied on 05/03/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years at BCG. First session $249, following $219

Take the job. If you do not have anything else lined up yet and you end up not doing anything meaningful in the next 8 months, then you will be in a weak starting position for your applications.

Also, once you are out of school there is no “recruitment cycle” per se, so you can apply at any point in time. However I would suggest you stay at least a year in a job before changing. If you stay less, you need to be really confident that next job is good for at least 2-3 years (I.e. you do not find yourself in a situation where you leave job 1 after 6 months, join MBB and get counseled out after 1 year - granted this is extremely rare, but it happens).

hope it helps,

andrea