From September 9 through September 11, Consulting Connect and the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development are hosting Fall Consulting Week, a chance to learn about the consulting industry, prepare for case interviews, and network with over 20 employers!
I spoke with Ali Fahey, the consulting industry career counselor, to get her perspective on Fall Consulting Week. She worked closely with Alex Muck, president of Consulting Connect, to put together the events for the week.
“Consulting Week is open to all students at any level of engagement with consulting,” says Ali, “It is a priority list of events for any student interested in management consulting.”
All are welcome, whether you are a First Year student just starting out or an experienced senior with a consulting internship under your belt. If you’re looking for advice on where to start with the many events happening this week, Ali says to simply pick a panel that sounds interesting to you. You should also definitely attend the Connective, a networking event on Wednesday evening with over twenty employers. Some of those who will be visiting for Consulting Week events include Bain, McKinsey, BCG, Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG, and other big names in the industry. Over three hundred students came to last year’s Connective, and it is expected to be at least that busy this year - so make sure you go to the Dahnke Ballroom at 7:30pm, where the networking begins!
So how should you prepare? Ali gave a few tips for students just starting out - first, you should definitely look at the list of employers who will be coming. That list is available on Handshake, the new job-search and employer networking platform that was rolled out this summer. Make sure you do a quick search on the employers in either Google or Vault so you’re prepared to engage with them at panels and networking events.
If you want more advice from experienced students, the Peer Consulting Panel on Monday evening is a great resource. The panel will be in 512 Duncan Student Center at 4pm, so come with all your questions for students who have done it all before.
Will Consulting Week help you prepare for the Fall Career Fair? “Well,” Ali says, “Yes, but a student should use this opportunity to focus on consulting development - which, for a student who is interested in more than one industry, can free up more time at the Fall Career Fair to build relationships with other employers.” So come to the networking events this week to build a meaningful connection with consulting employers - and then show up at the Fall Career Fair to network with other industries!
The Fall Career Fair will be on Tuesday, September 17th at 4pm in the Joyce Center.