I am writing to get some help / guidance about two things:
- What are my real chances to break in management consulting?
- How to identify my best accomplishments and once done, how to make it impactful on my resume and cover letter.
To give a bit you a bit of background, I have around 3+ years experience in consulting but not in management / strategy consulting. I have worked in business travel consulting, focusing mostly on sourcing and cost optimisation engagements. With time, I have come to realise that the types of engagements I am doing are always similar, and I do not feel excitement anymore. Since there isn't any new challenges to take on, I am thinking seriously about applying for management consulting because I want to have the opportunity to:
- First: work on different industries and take on different engagements. I am a curious person and I like to start from blank sheet of paper. On a routine, I feel like my learning in stagnating.
- Second: on my latest position, I hardly had opportunities to work in a team and I miss it. In particular, I appreciate the stimulation / energy coming from a team and also the opportunity for me to cross-check my ideas, learn from others and pass on some of my knowledge when relevant. Without speaking about the fact that working in a team provides the opportunity to make great connections with people.
I am French and currently lives in London. I am from a non-target school in France but my Business School is, I believe, the same level of some target schools in UK. For example, I have seen that McKinsey does visit a fair amount of Universities in UK. So I believe the ones they visit are target schools. I have a master's degree from this school as well an MSc degree from a UK uni (non-target) as part of a dual degree program. I also passed by PwC as a market and sales analyst during a placement year.
So, given all this, do I have my chances to break into management consulting?
Regarding my second questions, I have done a fair bit of engagements in the past. Given my experience, should my accomplishments be taken only from work experience or also any other education / personal achievements?
Say, for instance, during my last work experience, I happen to implement a standardised methodology to take on specific engagements and implemented a semi-automated tool so that other consultants could save time if taking such engagements. I noticed that before I arrived, consultants were always kind of starting from scratch from the client data and wasting valuable time to extract trends instead of spending this time on understanding in detail these trends and what it meants for the client.
So, my question is, would this be considered an interesting accomplishment? If yes, how to best write it down to make it impactful? I know that all should be quantified.
Sorry, I know its fairly a fairly long post but I am starting with the application process and I think I need a bit of guidance. I wish to spend time to prepare the best application possible whether it is for my resume or my cover letter.
Thanks in advance for the feedbacks and thoughts.