Every so often, I like to publish some of the questions that I’ve received from readers and my responses to them. Today’s questions relate to where a consultant should live, visa sponsorship and Accenture. Please click on ‘Read More’ to find my responses.
One question that readers have asked me a few times is ‘how can I make a transition to MBB from a ‘Tier 2’ consulting firm?’
I wish there was an easy answer to this. Unfortunately, there’s not. It is (obviously) possible to move laterally from another consulting firm to MBB- I can think of several of my ex-colleagues at McKinsey who did this, one of whom is now a Partner- but it’s difficult.
From looking at the background of these people, I can see a few trends. They all either:
What's this? Every month, I'll be answering a selection of your questions. If you'd like to submit a question, please E-mail me or use the contact form here. I edit the questions I receive to shorten them or protect anonymity.
Q1. Chances at MBB
Q2. Avoiding consulting travel
Q3. Private vs. Public sector clients
Q1. I have a postgraduate degree from a top 5 UK university and have been working at a small energy consultancy for about 6 months. I want to move. Do I stand any chance of getting a job at McKinsey, BCG or Bain? - JS, UK
Reading between the lines, I think this reader is worried about whether spending such a short amount of time in his current role will negatively impact his chances at MBB.
I can reassure him that as long as he's performed well in his current role (i.e., he's not being fired
I'm a ex-McKinsey London EM who recently left the Firm