Question by Mr.B_Star: Can anybody give me a advise regarding a career in consulting?
I graduated with a degree in IT engineering from an engineering college affiliated to University Of Pune, India in 2009. While still in college I did not have any job offer from any IT companies visiting our campus, all due to low grades and poor academic performance. I managed to get a job off campus where I was hired as an Trainee Software Developer in a start-up IT company. I started working there but my job was more of QA where I would test the mobile games that are being developed and port them from J2ME to Android to some extent.
After studying 4 years of engineering, I realized that I am not interested working much into technology as working on the business side. So i made up mind and resigned from the job after 5 months.As I was more keen on getting broader business experience before pursuing a full time career in any industry & becoming an expert in that field, so I started doing research about Strategy Consulting and dreaming working in MCKinsey/BCG/ Bain. I applied for above three and a few other but all in vain as I never got through, as I realized it is highly impossible to get into these companies with such low grades and no work experience. Also these companies mostly hire IIT graduates.
My academic performance is very average with very little extra curricular.
Graduation (B.Tech) (average of 4 years)- 52.4%, I flunked once in graduation. During that 1 year gap in engineering I worked for 7 months as an IT Support Engineer in the IT department of an construction company where my work was to troubleshoot hardware/software/LAN/WAN problem, installing & updating software packages/LAN/WAN, and conducting a review of the configuration of computers in the organization.
After 6 months of gap since resignation from the first job after graduation I managed to get a job of an Analyst from one of the Big 4 for their Risk Advisory services. Here my work revolves around AUTOMOBILE/MANUFACTURING companies, where I help my team members in creating Standard Operating Procedures, Internal Audit, conducting business process reviews and formatting word documents & PPT, creating minutes of meetings in Microsoft office 2007.
As I have very less interest in programming and my programming skills are also average, I took up this job which pays me over Rs.15,000/- a month. Its been more than 1 month since I took up this job. Most of the people in my team (15) are Chartered Accountants except for my manager who is an MBA graduate and is a Mechanical Engineering degree undergraduate. Also I came to that people working at this designation as me (Analyst) are mostly 99.99% commerce graduates, just out of their colleges .
My future plan is to pursue an MBA from an international B-school, 2-3 years from now. I am not expecting to get an admit in to Harvard or London Business school but I am aiming for an globally recognized institute. I took up this job because I thought the name of Big 4 on my resume would fill up the gaps due to poor academic performance during engineering. I am planning to work here for 2 years (1 at least) & I am thinking of trying again for Business Analyst position at McKinsey after 1 year. But this feeling of me being an IT engineer working with commerce undergraduates and doing Internal Audit is not letting me focus on my daily work hence my productivity is getting hampered.
I am really CONFUSED whether or not I have taken a right decision. I am wondering what impact this decision will have when I would be applying to top 20 b-schools in UK/US/France ?? Also does working in this area as an Analyst helps you getting a job in strategy consulting firms like McKinsey & Co, BCG etc ??
Is Internal Audit/ Standard Operating Procedures/Business Process Review meant only for Chartered Accountants ??
Can anyone please give me a detail explanation for my above queries, I am worried and feeling insecure at this point of time.
Thanks in advance.
Answer by max
I could, but I charge a sizable consulting fee.
HA! Now how does it feel?
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