I graduated from one of the Top 5 universities in the UK with GPA 3.7 (undergrad) as well as a merit from my Master’s degree. I also have an advanced degree and I passed my viva without correction, which is akin to a First Class or summa cum laude). I have both extracurricular and volunteering experiences, which display my leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. I applied to both tier 1 and tier 2 consulting firms and I have been rejected. I didn't even make it to a first-round interview. In fact, one of the Tier 1 firms said they were impressed with my accomplishments but they still did not invite me for an interview. Most people I have spoken to said I need know someone inside who would refer me to the HR in order get my foot in the door. Now, my frustration is I don’t know anyone from in either Tier 1 or Tier 2 firms I applied to. All the people I tried contacting on LinkedIn have not accepted my requests and the inMails I sent are unanswered. How does someone like me get into management consulting? Or am I permanently doomed?