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Are internships in other fields useless for consulting?  


Siddhant Thakar
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Hello everyone 

I am studying BBA LLB and I have done around 6 internships in business and IPR law firms. I am planning to get into consulting, and I wanted to know the relevance of my internship work experiences for a recruiter.

Looking forward to your opinions.

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Siddhant Thakar

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management.consultant
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What every recruiter is looking for is what skills have you gained which are transferable and what have you learnt from the experience. If you can show that the skills and learnings are relevant to consulting, that should be more than enough. 

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Siddhant Thakar
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@management-consultant oh okay. I think that clears a few things for me. I think I should work on creating links of my work experience to the consulting role I am applying for. 

Thank you for sharing your insight 😊

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Adding to what Raman stated, it really is about your ability to not only take away generalizable lessons that you are able to transfer to different fields, but also your ability to discuss those and describe those achievements and learning opportunities that you've experienced in one internship and any other projects that you have worked on in terms of their applicability to the specific job you're applying for. Do a bit of critical thinking ahead of time, in position yourself in your CV or resume specifically for the job you're applying for by describing those experiences specifically for that job/field.

 

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Siddhant Thakar
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@frankieweinberg oh okay. Thank you for this valuable insight.

 I think this makes a lot of sense. Maybe I should first look at the values and skills that the company I am applying to is looking for. In the second step I could critically reflect and frame my cv and work experiment to show those skills. 

I just had one question, what are the skills they are actually looking for when it comes to past internships ? 

Looking forward to your response 😊

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@siddhant-thakar

Hi Siddhant, that's a really great question. Everyone has something different that they set as criteria for their specific jobs, but mostly they will will be the same types of skills that they list in the job ad. Try to position yourself and your previous experience as how it meets those criteria. And know a lot about the company and it's corporate culture, as well, so that you can play to that angle.

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Siddhant Thakar
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@frankieweinberg

I agree, knowing a background of the company is an absolute essential. Ill definitely inculcate these points while preparing for my interviews and for altering my CV. 

Thank you sharing these tips, they are quite helpful. 

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Hi Siddhant,

Coming from a law background myself, I would add that internships which help you develop and strengthen quantitative skills will be especially beneficial. The general impression of lawyers is that we are more inclined to qualitative analysis than quantitative analysis, and this is fairly true simply because of the nature of our work. As both types of analytical skills are important in consulting, I would suggest getting internships that let you get familiar with managing large datasets, comfortable with crunching numbers, and Excel and other data visualization tools. Such experiences can be helpful to show that you're well-rounded.

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Siddhant Thakar
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@Lisa

I complete agree with you Lisa. When it comes to law it’s more based on qualitative reasoning. I’ll definitely try getting more internships which deal with more quantitative data. 

Thank you for sharing your views on this. 😊

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