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I have a question for alumni, current students or anyone else in the know. I am applying to several b-schools this year, and UNC is tentatively my safety school as I think I have pretty competitive stats. I know the other schools I am applying to are prestigious enough to allow me to switch career and get into management consulting. I have seen the Kenan-Flagler employment report, so I know the school is recruited by the major consulting firms, including MBB, but I'm curious how many of these are students who came from these companies prior to school and are just returning? Would I be wasting my time and money if I enrolled at UNC hoping to make a switch to a decent consulting firm if don't have any of that experience already?

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I have a question for alumni, current students or anyone else in the know. I am applying to several b-schools this year, and UNC is my tentatively my safety school as I think I have pretty competitive stats. I know the other schools I am applying to are prestigious enough to allow me to switch career and get into management consulting. I have seen the Kenan-Flagler employment report, so I know the school is recruited by the major consulting firms, including MBB, but I'm curious how many of these are students who came from these companies prior to school and are just returning? Would I be wasting my time and money if I enrolled at UNC hoping to make a switch to a decent consulting firm if don't have any of that experience already?


http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/progra ... 93BB1&_z=z this link on UNC's website shows that about 17% of their grads in 2014 went into consulting, although it dosent name the firms they went to.
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I'm a 1st-year at Kenan-Flagler trying to switch career to Consulting, so I hope my answer can help you. I will throw some bullets below with what I got to know from these last couple of months here at Chapell Hill:

- Consulting seems to be the most wanted career for the 1st-years this year
- 2nd-years (the ones in the report you saw) that were already working in Consulting/U.S prior to the b-school: 5 (just considering MBB+Deloitte).
- 2nd-years who got into MBB+Deloitte: 12, of which just 1 was counted above (from Deloitte and went to McKinsey). 5 to MBB and 7 to Deloitte.
- All consulting jobs overall, 40 2nd-years got their summers in Consulting (I'm including all consulting roles here).

I can add also that the Consulting Club here is pretty strong, with amazing and really competent people managing it. There is a lot of training sessions and mentoring for people wanting to land into Consulting. Also, Kenan-Flagler has a very strong presence in the Atlanta/Charlotte region (D.C too actually). Various alumni work in the top consulting firms in those offices.

I believe you will be well served to recruit for Consulting here. Off course that some other schools might be stronger for Consulting, but think about all the competition that exists and especially in the location you want to work - it's not only about the consulting firm, but also about their office location (proximity to each bschool helps).

I hope I was clear! All the best!
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Hi!

I'm a 1st-year at Kenan-Flagler trying to switch career to Consulting, so I hope my answer can help you. I will throw some bullets below with what I got to know from these last couple of months here at Chapell Hill:

- Consulting seems to be the most wanted career for the 1st-years this year
- 2nd-years (the ones in the report you saw) that were already working in Consulting/U.S prior to the b-school: 5 (just considering MBB+Deloitte).
- 2nd-years who got into MBB+Deloitte: 12, of which just 1 was counted above (from Deloitte and went to McKinsey). 5 to MBB and 7 to Deloitte.
- All consulting jobs overall, 40 2nd-years got their summers in Consulting (I'm including all consulting roles here).

I can add also that the Consulting Club here is pretty strong, with amazing and really competent people managing it. There is a lot of training sessions and mentoring for people wanting to land into Consulting. Also, Kenan-Flagler has a very strong presence in the Atlanta/Charlotte region (D.C too actually). Various alumni work in the top consulting firms in those offices.

I believe you will be well served to recruit for Consulting here. Off course that some other schools might be stronger for Consulting, but think about all the competition that exists and especially in the location you want to work - it's not only about the consulting firm, but also about their office location (proximity to each bschool helps).

I hope I was clear! All the best!


I attended an interactive event with Dr B, the Assoc Dean. He mentioned most of the students at UNC having successfully changed careers, including into consulting. Another aspect highlighted was that North Highland recruited about 20. NH seemed to be the favourite at UNC, especially for Gen Y, for work culture of local offices instead of the typical Consultant lifestyle of living off suitcases.
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Just to add about North Highland: yes, they hired a lot of full time positions last year (17 I believe). But they don't hire internationals unfortunately. Deloitte, however, do hire and they have a really strong presence here at Kenan-Flagler. The UNC Kenan-Flagler network at Deloitte is big. For the MBB, it started to increase (little by little...), which is good as well.
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Hi!

I'm a 1st-year at Kenan-Flagler trying to switch career to Consulting, so I hope my answer can help you. I will throw some bullets below with what I got to know from these last couple of months here at Chapell Hill:

- Consulting seems to be the most wanted career for the 1st-years this year
- 2nd-years (the ones in the report you saw) that were already working in Consulting/U.S prior to the b-school: 5 (just considering MBB+Deloitte).
- 2nd-years who got into MBB+Deloitte: 12, of which just 1 was counted above (from Deloitte and went to McKinsey). 5 to MBB and 7 to Deloitte.
- All consulting jobs overall, 40 2nd-years got their summers in Consulting (I'm including all consulting roles here).

I can add also that the Consulting Club here is pretty strong, with amazing and really competent people managing it. There is a lot of training sessions and mentoring for people wanting to land into Consulting. Also, Kenan-Flagler has a very strong presence in the Atlanta/Charlotte region (D.C too actually). Various alumni work in the top consulting firms in those offices.

I believe you will be well served to recruit for Consulting here. Off course that some other schools might be stronger for Consulting, but think about all the competition that exists and especially in the location you want to work - it's not only about the consulting firm, but also about their office location (proximity to each bschool helps).

I hope I was clear! All the best!


Thanks rodrigocani and shyamnambiar. These replies have been very helpful. I heard people say that if you can't go top 10 or top 15 it's not worth it, so I was about to drop UNC from the list. It sounds like it could definitely help me accomplish my goals though, so I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I think I will apply. Good luck with your studies and career switch!
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rodrigocani wrote:
Hi!

I'm a 1st-year at Kenan-Flagler trying to switch career to Consulting, so I hope my answer can help you. I will throw some bullets below with what I got to know from these last couple of months here at Chapell Hill:

- Consulting seems to be the most wanted career for the 1st-years this year
- 2nd-years (the ones in the report you saw) that were already working in Consulting/U.S prior to the b-school: 5 (just considering MBB+Deloitte).
- 2nd-years who got into MBB+Deloitte: 12, of which just 1 was counted above (from Deloitte and went to McKinsey). 5 to MBB and 7 to Deloitte.
- All consulting jobs overall, 40 2nd-years got their summers in Consulting (I'm including all consulting roles here).

I can add also that the Consulting Club here is pretty strong, with amazing and really competent people managing it. There is a lot of training sessions and mentoring for people wanting to land into Consulting. Also, Kenan-Flagler has a very strong presence in the Atlanta/Charlotte region (D.C too actually). Various alumni work in the top consulting firms in those offices.

I believe you will be well served to recruit for Consulting here. Off course that some other schools might be stronger for Consulting, but think about all the competition that exists and especially in the location you want to work - it's not only about the consulting firm, but also about their office location (proximity to each bschool helps).

I hope I was clear! All the best!


Thanks rodrigocani and shyamnambiar. These replies have been very helpful. I heard people say that if you can't go top 10 or top 15 it's not worth it, so I was about to drop UNC from the list. It sounds like it could definitely help me accomplish my goals though, so I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I think I will apply. Good luck with your studies and career switch!


You should definitely apply! And if you visit the school, you will be amazed by the people and the culture. If you want to get in touch with people with similar background to you, or who have worked in some specific companies or industries, just send me a pm and I will be glad to help you!
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I bumped into a second year the day I interviewed. Being me, I asked about his experience. I followed up with "did you get an internship/offer last summer?" "Yup. Bain."
Kind of all I needed to know about KF. Picked a random off the street and bam, top tier consulting offer.


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