Reference letter from academia

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New answer on Jan 13, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 12, 2021

Hello,

Will a reference letter from masters thesis supervisor carry some weight in my MBB application? Or will it not move the needle?

Thank you!

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Antonello
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Hi,

I think it won't be a game-changer.

Of course, it depends on who is going to write it and why, but unless it's something particularly relevant or that shows huge achievements I don't believe it'll move the needle.

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Antonello

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Adi
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Not really unless you patented something, published something (technical paper, journal etc) or had a noteworthy breakthrough.

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Anonymous updated the answer on Mar 16, 2022

Hi,

It really depends on who the academia (i.e. what is his / her credential) and how the reference is writtend. However, I think in general this will not be a negative addition.

 

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Hi there,

Referrals for MBB normally come from current employees. Unless your supervisor has links with that particular MBB it won’t matter much. Still, if you have it ready you can include it in your application - worst case will have zero impact.

If you are interested in a referral, you can find more on that here:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/hey-everyonehope-all-is-well-3176

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Francesco

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Ian
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Honestly, no not really.

If there's a place to put it, feel free to include it. However, pretty everyone nowadays can get a good recommendation letter!

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Vlad
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Hi,

The short answer is no - it doesn't help unless he is an ex company Partner

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Clara
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Hello!

MBB applications emcompass CV + CL, not recommendaiton letters.

However, save it for business school, there, are needed! And indeed I presented 2 from my academic past.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Florian
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Hey there,

Unfortunately not. If you want to put some spotlight on your thesis, highlight the real-world impact of it (if any at all) in your resume and cover letter.

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Florian

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

In my experience, those kind of letters don't make any impact for in MBB.

Cheers,

GB

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