Is it necessary to have an outsdanding school and university record to be able to work in the biggest consulting firms?

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Oussama asked on Jun 21, 2019

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Deniz
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replied on Jun 21, 2019
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Depends on the office (country) not company. Some offices have strict target school policy, thus they do not review applications from other schools. However some offices would accept applications outside their target schools, there are many examples of this.

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Oussama on Jun 22, 2019

Thank you for your response Deniz :)

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Oussama on Jun 22, 2019

That is very helpful Francesco, thank you!

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Not necessary - but very helpful. It's not binary, but if you run a regression of course there's positive correlation.

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Oussama on Jun 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback!

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Hi,

It depends on what else you have in your resume. It's not a must if you have a good career track

Best!

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Oussama on Jun 22, 2019

I appreciate your answer. Thank you!

Edoardo
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The higher your academic performance is, the easier it is to get noticed (especially if you have no work experience and come straight out of college for an associate/analyst position).
If you have multiple degrees (ex. BA and MBA), the last one matters the most.
If you have achieved great things during your professional career, maybe your academic track record will be put into second place.

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Oussama on Jun 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! That's exactly why I have asked this question. I was wondering how people with an average academic record and limited professional experience in the consulting field, but do lots of efforts to solve cases, do intelligence collection and try to develop themselves in that sense, can be noticed by these titans.

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Daniel replied on Jun 21, 2019
Imperial College PhD, Rolls-Royce Project Engineer, RWTH Aachen Mechanical Engineer and Business Administrator, Software Engineer

No, absolutely not. I know people who were invited to MBB interviews without having received a degree from a target school. Once you're invited, your school doesn't matter. Just give it a shot:)

Good luck:-)

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Oussama on Jun 21, 2019

Thank you Daniel! I know your comment can be relieving for many motivated young people.

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