how I got started | I did a lot of internships in college. I
worked one summer at Booz Allen Hamilton, another consulting company
that does more government consulting. I figured that with a business
background, I wanted to do more profit consulting and so I applied to
work at Bain.
why this job?| I wanted something with variety. I didn't want a
job where I had to do the same thing every day. Consulting gives me a
chance to work with different industries figuring out different
problems. It's a great starting point for whatever else I want to do in
why I love this job!| I love learning from other people. At Bain,
we're all assigned a mentor as well as an advisor, who collects input
from our managers and gives us advice and direction for our career path.
There are also great informal mentors such as the people I work with on
projects. They give me insight into my work and what my strengths and
weaknesses are. I love that learning process.
my typical day| I live very close to where I work so I'm up at 8
a.m. and in the office at 8:30. I eat the free cereal that they have at
my office and usually throughout the day, I have one or two meetings,
each an hour or two hours long. The meetings, which are about the
projects that we're working on, could be anytime during the day. The
rest of the time, I'm doing analysis and putting together PowerPoint
presentations, sending my projects to my managers, doing research and
working with the information services office that helps me put together
research reports. In all, I would say that 30% of my time is spent in
meetings and 70% on analysis and research.
what they are | If you're not from a corporate background, then
you might encounter some challenges in the politics of a corporate
environment. You need to know who to talk to about what, and conduct
yourself in a very professional manner at all times. Even if you are
straight out of college, you want your clients to feel that they can
depend on you. Aside from adjustments to the environment, the work
schedule can be demanding at times. Depending on the project, you could
have a project with a very short -- sometimes 3 or 5 hour -- deadline.
Those are called "fire drills" and they can be stressful.
all about growth | The consulting track is 2 years entry-level
analyst, promotion to senior analyst, usually followed by 2 years of
business school. If you choose to come back to consulting, you may be
promoted from Consultant to Manager, and after a long time as Manager,
be promoted to Partner. If you do not stick with consulting, you can do
any number of things such as work for a non-profit organization,
something that I'm personally very interested in, or go to law school or
pursue something entrepreneurial.