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Consulting OR Business Development for Career? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2012, 09:12
I will be joining the Cornell AMBA program, Which role - mgmt consult OR business development - offers a realistic chance to find employment in strategy? Without working prior experience in mgmt cons, how realistic is it to invest time on networking, and preparing for interviews for Consulting?

Is business development, which I assume involves strategy, a better option, in terms of job satisfaction, working hours, average pay, than consulting?

What are the best possible methods to get shortlisted in campus interviews? Hassling alumni's, and HR's ?

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I am an international, engineering consultant without any experience in strategy. I have started my own company, and earlier worked in technology for 2 yrs.

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Re: Which is a practical goal - Consulting/Business Development [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2012, 09:19
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Hi bluerobbin, ur list of next steps are just appropriate. ur experience is substantially less - that might hinder but not the only deciding factor. What is your ultimate career goal?u wnt to continue own business or get back to mainstream strategist profile?not clear on that....
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I'm not to familiar with Johnson's AMBA recruiting process. For a fulltime program, you do not need prior experience to get into managment consulting. I don't think having prior experience will even give you an edge. So there's no worries there.

For business development, you need to research into what exactly the responsbility entails. It can range from sales to merger and acquisition.
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Re: Which is a practical goal - Consulting/Business Development [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2012, 10:30
Thanks for the replies. However, what I heard was getting into Management Consulting in Big 3 is a lot harder.

Anyone know which other companies are near elite (except delloite and accenture)yet offer roles in management consulting?
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Re: Which is a practical goal - Consulting/Business Development [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2012, 00:27
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Thanks for the replies. However, what I heard was getting into Management Consulting in Big 3 is a lot harder.

Anyone know which other companies are near elite (except delloite and accenture)yet offer roles in management consulting?

You'll have plenty of introduction into consulting in b-school. Booz & Company is pretty good. There are also some smaller ones such as Monitor Group. Once you are in b-school, you can connect with the consulting club to better understand the firms that recruit at the school. I'm sure you'll find one that's suitable for you.
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