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Siddhant Thakar
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Hello,

I was wondering what are the professional certification courses and MOOC certificate  courses that can be done to improve chances of getting into business consultancy ? 

Thank you 

Siddhant Thakar

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Ryan Raut
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Hi Siddhant,

Thank you for your question. 

There are no business consultancy courses per se. However, there are courses like PMP, CMC, etc which can only be obtained by professionals with 3-5+ years of experience in consulting and project management. 

Most consulting firms either hire through graduate/post graduate (MBA), lateral placements or experienced professionals. 

I'm not quite sure what educational background you are from but let's say for people from Accounting background may go for CA or CPA or any other accounting course. Management Consulting firms are very open to professionals from various educational backgrounds with robust business acumen and skills. 

As far as MOOC is concerned, try going for problem solving, consulting courses on Udemy, Coursera, etc. 

Hope this helps!

Please reach out in case you have any other queries.

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Hi Ryan

Thank you for sharing your views. I came across the certifications you mentioned . You are right the problem I am facing for these are lack of work experience.

I am a student possessing BBA & LLB (still in my final year) I’d really appreciate it if you could throw some light on the courses I can opt for ?

I am doing business strategy courses on Coursera. That’s helpful right ?

Thank you for sharing

 

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Hi Siddhant, 

Glad I could help you. I'm sailing in the same boat as you are. I'm from finance background currently working as a Risk Consultant in one of the big 4. Since, I want to get into Management Consulting, I'm working on improving my knowledge in the current domain I'm working in as well as the domain I want to pursue later on. 

I would suggest you to start with reading Consulting books such as Milan Kubr, The McKinsey Way, Consulting Essentials, etc. This way you'll get an idea as to why you want to get into Management Consulting and moreover, you'll get to learn a lot about MC (Pretty much everything).

Business strategy courses would certainly help but only to a point where you can enhance your knowledge. They won't get you a sure shot interview. 

Business strategy and problem solving courses will only help build the skills you need to get into consulting.

Hope this helps. 

Also, I see that you've mentioned that you're doing BCG virtual internship. I would like to know more about it. Could you please elaborate more on this topic? 

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@Ryan Raut

Please open new threads for new topics (regarding your question to @Siddhant talking about BCG)

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@rathke 

All right. Sure!

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@Ryan Raut

Ryan, that risk consultant at one of the big 4 sounds really impressive. Im glad to hear that there are a lot of aspiring constants like me from diverse backgrounds. 

Yes, I have started reading The Mckinsey Way. Thank you for providing the list of other books I should read to understand the nitty gritty of consulting.

Yes Ryan I am doing the certification courses on Coursera to increase my knowledge, but what do you think about its significance in terms of CV ?

I am creating a separate thread for the BCG virtual internship. You should check it out, feel free to drop a comment if you need any details.

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Heya. A lot of people in consulting usually do specific certification courses depending on the area they want to specialise. I can give you an idea of which ones depending on your area of interest. However, more generally, people usually do CIMA (Big 4 firms train up gradates within this). 

In the UK, we have MCA - it's the Management Consultant Association and they're working on a Management Consultant Charted Certification right now: https://www.mca.org.uk/about-us/chartered_management_consultant_award . I think there are certain requirements in terms of experience you need before you can apply for it. 

Hope that helps.

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Siddhant Thakar
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Hi,

Thank you for sharing your views. I went through the MCA certification, you are right they require work experience which I’d not have presently (Im still in University)

The CIMA Certification that you mentioned, does it also require work experience.

I haven’t been able to decide a niche as of yet , I wanna first work in all the fields and then narrow it down according to my strong suit. Irrespective, could you name a few specific courses that I can go for ?  

Looking forward to your response.

Thank you.@management-consultant

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@siddhant-thakar If you're looking for ones that you don't need experience to give you an official certification...I'm not too sure. Sure there are Harvard, Stanford courses etc which you can do online which I'm sure provide a good foundation. What they'll do mostly is act as evidence of your passion to people interviewing you. 

 

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@management-consultant

Thank you for your opinion.

Yes, I have been doing MOOCS on subject matters relative to consulting Eg- Business strategy course offered by Darden School  of business (Virginia Uni).

As you mentioned courses offered by Harvard and Stanford, I was wondering if the university courses offered by Coursera have lesser significance ? 

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@management-consultant

I know the CMI institute which can give certifications too. Do you know more about it?

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@filippoiguera I think you also require experience to do CMI as well and usually aimed for managers onwards.

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Anushka Patil
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Hi,

I have heard about a virtual internship by one of the MBBs. (You can easily Google and find out).

Personally, I am not sure how useful they are, or whether they teach you critical thinking. 

Apart from this, I think if you want to learn something, you can always improve your domain knowledge. However, this is not at all a rule. 

You can also look at courses on strategic thinking, and as Ryan mentioned - problem solving.

Have a great time learning, cheers!

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Siddhant Thakar
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Hi Anushka

Thanks for sharing your opinion. Yes you are right about the virtual internship program. I am already doing one by BCG. Tbh, it’s quite good, it gives you a real feel of the kind of work you would be doing.

Can you elaborate a little on what did you mean by domain knowledge and how I can work on it  ? 

Thank you

@anushkapatil

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@siddhant-thakar You can read up on industry reports from consulting firms. Business Outlook magazines that you give a gist about upcoming trends.

 

However, this is absolutely optional, and you might not see a direct impact, but in the longer run, knowing about these things surely helps.

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@anushkapatil

You are so right Anushka, knowledge is definitely the key to grow in the long run. Lately, I have been following the industry reports on Mckinsey, BCG and Accenture strategy on their Linkedin Page. There are pretty insightful.

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