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From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2010, 18:31
Hi, does anyone know from which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology recruit? Are there any recommended universities? Thanks.
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Re: From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 02:05
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Hi hnoman,

AFAIK, top consulting firms generally hire and put one into 'generalist' mode where you are exposed to business problems of varied inddustries including technology. Mc Kinsey has a specialized area 'Business technology' and may put someone in that domain after few years or in case the associate/consultant shows lot of interest in handling technology sector clients and their problems.

I guess your target should be to shortlist all the top consulting firms which have 'technology' as one of the focus areas and then find out the B schools where they recruit the graduates. Hope this helps!

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Re: From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 07:44
Hi time4mba, Thanks for the response. I've sent a note out to Mckinsey; waiting to hear back from them. I'll update this thread when/if they respond.
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Re: From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 17:06
Do other consulting firms besides McKinsey also put associates in to a generalist position and assign projects randomly? Considering that you are placed in to a generalist role, how does one formulate post MBA goals? Is it ok to specify what function/industry you want to work in even if you are likely to be hired as a generalist?
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This is not entirely accurate. A lot depends on what you did before b-school. If there is a fit (i.e. a tech guy going to Mckinsey also interesting in staying in the tech strategy area) then they do recruit for BTO. They interviewed specifically for BTO office from LBS where it made sense.

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AFAIK, top consulting firms generally hire and put one into 'generalist' mode where you are exposed to business problems of varied inddustries including technology. Mc Kinsey has a specialized area 'Business technology' and may put someone in that domain after few years or in case the associate/consultant shows lot of interest in handling technology sector clients and their problems.

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Re: From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 05:48
Thanks for the response. I do have a background in technology, and i'm applying to business schools to move towards the technology strategy area. Do you know which universities i should target specially for Mckinsey BTO? MIT Sloan School is definitely one of my top choices; any other recommendations? Thank you.
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I have two friends from Kellogg who are joining that group. I think if McKinsey recruits on campus and you position yourself you will stand a good chance. Just make that your aim during the recruiting process and networking events...get in touch with higher ups in that area of the practice and go for it. As long as McKinsey recruits heavily from a school I would say you have a shot at it.
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Re: From which universities does Mckinsey Business Technology... [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 09:53
Thanks BSD and river_ripper for specific information on business technology hiring in McKinsey. It cleared my thoughts as well and egged me on to seek your advice on the following points:

1. I did my undergraduate in my computer science and worked in software for two years. Then moved on to join business research firm and have been working mainly with technology sector clients for past 3 years. I want to enter management consulting domain, but was wondering whether I can be more specific and say ' technology practice' of consulting years as short term goal. I remember river_ripper your applicant advise thread where you have stressed to play to your strengths in B school application. Do you think with this specific goal my essays would be more convincing?

2. As we know IT consulting is in a different league compared to management consulting. But the question is how will projects/cases differ in McKinsey Business Technology (MBT) compared to say Deloitte which is very much into IT consulting. My guess is in MBT one would brainstorm problems such as fall in rise of X brand of cell phones of a particular mobile manufacturer whereas in Deloitte one would be more in engaged in advising client to deploy certain IT processes to maximize say IT efficiency. Am I am right here in understanding the difference between the two fields of consulting?

3. For an applicant with software development as work experience, will IT consulting or MBT make more sense as short term goal? Or is he/she suited for both? In my case what do you suggest. Is there any other specific work background which would make more sense for MBT? :roll:


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