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Paul
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Is there a "best" Major you can take in university to have the best chances to get into consulting? Or are there a few very good majors?

thanks in advance

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Ryan
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Thanks for the question Paul.

In my opinion, there is no best 'Major' to get into Management Consulting. 

Consulting is huge and diverse. You have to know the basics of business, how organizations operate and how business problems are solved. 

By basics I mean you should know how Profit further synthesized into Revenue and Costs. Revenue and Costs are further synthesized into number of units sold and selling price and fixed and variable costs, respectively.

Consulting requires you to have good quantitative problem solving and analytical skills. You must know how to structure your approach and get to the solution. 

In short, to get into consulting, you don't require any best major. 

Hope this helps. 

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M. Haddad
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Hi Paul,

Well to be honest let me tell you that usually consultants are hired for their skills and talents and not for education; however couple of academic routes that can give you a very good chance to get into the consulting business which are linked to analysis, and critical thinking (like economics, business, engineering). This doesn’t mean that other people with different background cannot enter the consulting business; in my path I met some consultants who had an educational background in public health, and philosophy.  

Myself I’m a chemical engineer graduate and then did my MBA, so I tried to mix the engineering with the management; however what helped me the most was the experience and sharpening my skills. Sure being a part of certain education background that will gets you in the door, but it’s always your skills that will get you the job.

Wishing you all the best

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Tushna Vevaina
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  1. I completely agree with both the above viewpoints. It is completely dependent upon you to develop that mindset for critical reasoning and analytics. However, I do feel that if you are to chose a major and have good options there, two good options to pursue would be strategy and finance from a resume point of view. Beyond that of course, it is up to you to enhance these skills during your study and on the job.

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Anushka Patil
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Hi Paul,

 

As far as I have seen, consulting firms hire from varied background.

 

So, finding the best 'major' would not be the suitable way to go. Pick up the subjects that you like, critical thinking and problem solving can be applied to any or all subjects.

 

If you find yourself interested in subjects like Economics, Finance, then pick them up, they might help you if you choose to do an MBA later.

 

You can find my profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anushka-patil-858a54169/

 

Thanks!

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