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Khant Maung
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 Khant Maung
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Hello Everyone


I am a first year BBA student
studying at KU Leuven,Belgium.
My plan is to pursue MiM after BBA
and get into consulting field.
But I am confused what skills
do I need to develop in order to be
a management consultant.
Specifically,I would like to know
if maths(if so to which degree)
and technical skills such as
data analyzing with Python,R are
required for this role?
Thanks in advance
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Ryan Raut
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Hi Khant,

In order to be a management consultant, you need to have:

1. Quantitative problem solving skills
2. Good interpersonal skills
3. Team player skills
4. Creative thinker
5. Solution focused

There is no such requirement for technical skills such as Python, R, etc, in my opinion. Also, you must have good business sense, such as general marketing knowledge, basics of accounting and finance, human resources and organizational behavior and the likes. 

As far as mathematics is concerned, you need to have basic math knowledge, you must be able to arrive at closes possible values by solving complex calculations such as - mentally calculate 15% of $420,000.00. In order to do this you need to break the problem down into parts (10% of 420,000 + 5% of 420,000). This is one of the skills that consulting firms look for while interviewing you.

Hope this is helpful!

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Khant Maung
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Thanks for your reply.

So I do bot need to know a specific topic like calculus,integrals,etc...?

And btw, is BBA+MiM a good combination in order to be a management consultant?

With Regards

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Ryan Raut
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@Khant Maung

Integration, differentiation and calculus belong to advanced mathematics category. You only need to know basic maths. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. However, you need to be quick with calculations. 

I can't say anything about good combination or bad combination because even lawyers can become management consultants. 

I would suggest you to read a lot of Consulting books to expand your knowledge on this topic. You'll get an idea as to what you need to be equipped with when you enter the industry. 

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Khant Maung
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@Ryan Raut

Thanks a lot for replying.I just asked these questions because I thought analytical and data visualization skills with Excel,Python,R  were crucial.But,it seems understanding the fundamentals of business and interpersonal skills are core. 

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Philipp Borchardt
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Hi Khant,

I agree with the answer above and I would like to add something. Do not focus so much on hardskills, of course some basic hardskills in calculation, writting or foreign languages are a plus, but you shall also focus on your softskills like management, communication and emotional intelligence. These will be more valuable on the long term as they won't be replaced by machines or applications.

Focus on what makes you unique. 🙂

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management.consultant
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Definitely agree - hard skills are great but in initial interviews they're looking for soft skills which everyone has mentioned above (so not going to repeat). If you're going for engineering / analytics management consulting roles, hard skills become as important so depends what part of consulting you want to enter. 

 

 

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