As I’ve met with a couple of the alumni from the MSTM program, there was always a phrase that they said or implied, “make the most of every opportunity.” At first, I thought there were only going to be a few, but within the first 3 weeks of September, there were hundreds of opportunities arising. Career fairs, seminars, and information sessions; there were so many to choose from, I didn’t know where to start. During my conversations, there was one event that all of the alumni mentioned: the Consulting Forum. Luckily, I was able to go to this amazing event and I wanted to share some insight and advice about the Consulting Forum from my experiences.
Why Go to The Consulting Forum?
Before I share some advice about the event, let me give some reasons as to why I think it’s a valuable opportunity to consider:
Consulting Forum provides students with the opportunity to network with about 20 amazing firms that attend this event, such as Deloitte, Accenture, KPMG, McKinsey, and Hitachi just to name a few who attended this year. Recruiters from these companies could be sitting right next to you, and you can have the opportunity to strike a conversation and get to know someone from one of the large companies. For me, I was able to meet with a recruiter and connect with that person. I keep in touch with that recruiter from time-to-time which is helpful when I have questions about the company.
This event only admits approximately one hundred students. This is extremely advantageous as the event is intimate and the competition is much less than a traditional career fair. During the event, they hold a mini career fair. In a normal career fair, company recruiters are bombarded by almost a thousand people in five hours; however, recruiters during the Consulting Forum may meet only a couple dozen people during the day, so it allows students to stand-out in this event.
The event not only informs attendees about consulting, but also provides tips on how to perform well in an interview. For example, during the event, one of the speakers from PwC Advisory gave a quick lecture on how to do well in a case interview. Also, there was a panel of experts from several companies that provided information on how students can perform well when writing their resumes, cover letters, and interviews.
Even though this event lasts an entire afternoon and $10 to participate, the insignificant costs are far outweighed by the overwhelming benefits you receive. that can be received if you take part.
Advice When Attending Consulting Forum
I could give a lot of advice but I believe these two are the most important points:
Sign Up Early!
As I mentioned earlier, there is a limited amount of space, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can. This year the sign-ups were through the I-Link system, but in previous years, people needed to stand in line to sign up. I heard tales of people camping out in front of BCS at 7am just to sign up for a spot. Also, be sure to ask the office and be well aware of the date and time of the sign ups.
Research and Prepare
Get to know the companies before you attend by learning about the type of consulting they do. By researching, you can prepare questions that show your interest in the company, possibly making you stand out from the other students. Also, be sure to put your best foot forward by dressing business professional and be ready for a long day, so drink a cup of coffee or sleep early the night before.
Although I did not get a job offer, I had a great experience and learned a lot from this event. I know there are many other opportunities to come, so I hope to take advantage of those opportunities to learn more about the companies and network and encourage you to do the same.