My name is Jessica, and I am currently undertaking an MSc Strategic Marketing. Deciding to come to Imperial means that not only will you profit from world-class teaching and a truly international class environment, but you will also gain access to a vast variety of student clubs and societies. I highly encourage anyone who would like to make use of such opportunities to take the initiative and come to learn more about a topic you are interested in, meet people from other programmes and network with alumni.

I, for example, am a part of the Consulting Club. We organise events every week such as case study sessions. During these classes, you learn how to best prepare for an interview in the consulting industry and can practice in small groups. You will be able to work on your logic thinking, structure, communication – and numerical skills.

As the UK deadlines for consulting positions close very shortly after the beginning of the academic year, I would encourage you to start sooner rather than later. The best opportunity is to get yourself out there and start today. Don’t worry, you have nothing to lose and a lot of experience to gain!

Weekly case study session

Moreover, our club hosts events with consultancies (company presentations) and workshops with alumni who talk about their journey within the consulting industry. The club therefore not only helps people who already know that they want to work in the consulting industry but also offers an overview of what consulting is all about to students who have no idea where to start on the topic. But also experienced students can learn a lot from these events.

As an example, I listed below some questions that you might want to ask someone who works in consulting:

  1. What do you like most about your profession and the specific company that you are working for?
  2. What makes a good consultant? What are the skills applicants should be able to demonstrate?
  3. What are some of the challenges that you already had to face while working in consulting and how did you deal with them?
  4. Could you provide any information on how the interview process works at your company?
  5. How can I differentiate myself from other applicants and show my passion for consulting?

Event: “Starting out as a consultant: what is it really like?” with Imperial Alumni currently working at McKinsey & Company, OC&C Strategy Consultants and LEK Consulting

More valuable information is that one can book consulting sessions with your personal career consultant and our club at the Business School. Your consultant will evaluate your CV and cover letter and help you polish them up, as well as conduct mock interviews with you.

Make the most of your year at Imperial by joining a society and getting ready for your interviews!