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Hi Nikita. I went to UCLA for undergrad and worked in Private Equity and Strategy consulting for Kurt Salmon (recently purchased by Accenture Strategy). I'm now back at UCLA for business school where I have a summer internship in consulting.
I agree with most of what has been posted here. At UCLA Anderson, we send about 33% of people to consulting, including many to MBB, so I don't think you necessarily need to go to quite the level of m7 in order to break into consulting. But I do agree with people that the main route into consulting at this point for you would be through an MBA. I won't rehash what everyone else as said.
One additional suggestion that hasn't been mentioned is using Linkedin search. I did a search for people who currently work at Bain and used to go to Northeastern, and quickly saw that almost everyone had received an MBA or masters of some kind (or went to Bain immediately out of undergrad). Linkedin search is a good tool for aggregating a lot of data points on people's various career paths. I'd spend some time doing those searches and you could even consider reaching out to some people with interesting career paths, drawing on your shared experience at Northeastern.
My favorite advice of all that is given in that article is to read and learn more about personal finance. I really think it's a shame that it is not a mandatory class for all high school students, but since it's not, people need to spend time teaching themselves.
I think if people understood personal finance better, they would be much more likely to make all the other choices the article talks about and ones it doesn't talk about (e.g., pay down high interest debt, save for retirement early, etc.).
I agree with the previous posts. However, I would try to be as targeted as possible in terms of which jobs you should take. I would prioritize positions that will allow you to use or build specific skills that will be valuable to your goal profession.
Additionally, in every job you take, think about if there is a way to showcase those skills. For example, as a student assistant, is there any way that you can use your programming skills to automize certain duties?
Solid advice. We receive similar advice from our career team at UCLA Anderson. They teach that every bullet should be in the SAR format: Situation, Action, Result. A lot of the emphasis comes in the results portion backed up by specific numbers.
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