Training programs online worth the investment?

Anonymous A asked on Oct 10, 2019 - 5 answers

Are the training programs online, like IGotAnOffer's McKinsey Training Programme, worth the investment? Was wondering if I should use a program or do it self-study and practice with other people?

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Astrid replied on Oct 11, 2019
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Hi Anonymous A,

Welcome to PrepLounge and thanks for asking your question on our Consulting Q&A!

Based on our many years of experience helping candidates get their job offer, we can advise you to include coaching sessions into your case prep. They are very helpful and will definitely be worth your investment.

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It depends on your learning style. A lot of people benefit from interactive learning or 1:1 sessions as that is how they learn best and can quicly get the feedback needed to focus on target areas. If you are a better learner on your own and are looking for more resources as opposed to targeted feedback such a program could be helpful

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A,

There is no right or wrong answer here. It is all about:

- Your level of preparation;

- Other resources you are using;

- With whom you are preparing.

So, it will depend on your learning style what you prefer and how much you are willing to spend of each option. The best prep for interviews is with other people here on PL. Happy to review your personal prep plan if you would like. Feel free to DM me.

Hope this helps.

Best, Aws

Anonymous B replied on Oct 10, 2019

Depends on your budget. If you think that the program from IGAO will be suffiecient for getting an offer, you're wrong. I bought their materials for McKinsey preparation - they are good for starting and concepts in the beginning. You can learn a lot from them, but they only have 10 cases + couple of additional exercises. You should also practice different cases with various candidates in platform such as PL.

Alright, thanks! — Anonymous on Oct 10, 2019 (edited)

Anonymous C replied on Oct 10, 2019

Hello anonymous,

I think that crafting cases is a good one, you should be able to master structuring when you finish it. The LOMS programme is not a training programme but it is super helpful as well. It is important to focus on areas of improvement with every case that you do rather than practising tons of cases.

Best of luck!

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