I recently just graduated (in May) with a finance degree from one of the top 3 universities in Canada. I didn't really know about consulting until my very last year and am now looking to break into the industry but find it a bit hard to position myself.
I reached out to some of the firms (MBB, big 4, botique...) and most told me to apply as an "experienced" hire since I graduated, however I just graduated and am concerned that I won't actually be able to compete with those who have actual work experience.
One appraoch I have been trying is networking. It's been really helpful in terms of getting to know the company and the people, but I realize it doesn't necessarly gaurantee a referral. Most people also don't seem to know how to help since they either got in during undegrad or after having experience.
I know I could work for a year or two then go in, but would much prefer going straight into consulting if possible as its something I really want to do!
Has anyone ever seen/experienced or has advice appraoching this situation?
Thanks in advance, really appreciate it!
I have also included my grade and work experience below if it helps:
Experience: started my own podcast recently, 2 finance internships (both at startups), was part of a cultural club for 4 years, worked part-time as waitress (1 year), and won a case competition hosted by the Graduate Management Consulting Association