What are the reasons behind someone deciding to pursue a long-term management consulting career?

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New answer on Apr 14, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 12, 2021

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replied on Apr 12, 2021
Ex-Bain 5 yrs | Goldman Sachs Investment Banker NYC | MBA Chicago Booth | Passed > 13 MBB > 20 IB interviews
  • Intellectual curious
  • In need of established platform to perform work
  • Desire to be Partner / Director / MD
  • Hardcore risk aversion
  • Comfortable with not becoming ultra rich but still desire to become wealthy
  • Constant learning
  • Work more important than personal life
  • ...
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updated an answer on Apr 12, 2021
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Hi there,

This is a great question that I haven't seen before! I'd say it boils down to any combination of the following:

  1. Ambition (desire to be at the top/"reach Partner")
  2. Money
  3. Love of the work
  4. Desire to have big impact/drive change
  5. Risk-aversion
  6. It "just happens" - year by year then suddenly 10 years have passed
  7. Don't know what else to do


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replied on Apr 12, 2021
Accenture, Deloitte | Precision Case Prep | Experienced Interviewer & Career Coach | 15 years professional experience

Here's a list:

  • Enjoys navigating politics, complex envrionments & doesnt take things personally
  • Genuinly enjoys problem solving, being client facing, variety of work, fast paced work environment
  • Passionate about functional skills and/or industry (s) in an advisory capacity & builds specialised skills which are in demand
  • Comfortable and successful in "sales environment"
  • Enjoys travel/being in different places
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replied on Apr 14, 2021
McKinsey | MBA professor for consulting interviews

Hi, in addition to the bullets already mentioned I would also talk about the partner role, which is a great synthesis of business content, sales, top client interface, leadership, prestige.


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Ex-Bain 5 yrs | Goldman Sachs Investment Banker NYC | MBA Chicago Booth | Passed > 13 MBB > 20 IB interviews
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