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Raman Singh
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Hello Clan members and People,My query of the Day for you guys to answer and share your experiences is-

What should a young college or a MBA graduate with no or close to no work experience target? 

Should he /she aim for MBB like generalized firms or he/she should get into some boutique Consulting firms who are the masters in advising industry of a particular vertical.

Like what's better getting an overview of every industry or becoming a domain Consultant.

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Tushna Vevaina
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In my opinion, it would be extremely hard for a fresher out of a regular college to get a job with an MBB firm in most countries barring a few. Big 4 consulting firms do give freshers more opportunities than MBBs. However, when you graduate fr a good MBA college, with relevant previous work experience and success at case competitions during your MBA days, your chances increase. 

With reference to your question on entering a boutique firm for specific industry exposure, it completely depends on what your goals are. Usually people enter consulting to rest different sectors and get a flavour of all before delving into one. However, if you are sure of a particular sector, whatever your reasons might be, right from interest for that sector to previous experience with that sector or study that complements it, you should definitely engage yourself with firms having clientele in that industry since it would give you great industry leads and the option for a future with that industry.

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Raman Singh
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@tushna-vevaina

Thanks for your valuable Opinion. I've noted your points.

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Kassem Fawaz
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 Kassem Fawaz
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Hi Raman, 

I will tackle the last part of your question, which is if you should have some expertise in a range of industries or good expertise in one type of industry. While it is good to have knowledge in many domains, it is far better in my opinion to focus on one type of industry and be seen as an expert in it or the go to consultant for this specific type of industry.

Trying to know about all industries will make you an expert in none of them, you will just have slight knowledge in all of them.

So it's up to you to choose 🙂 

Kassem 

Your Partner Towards Quality Improvement 

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Raman Singh
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@Kassem Fawaz

Thanks man for your valuable opinion.

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Chet Van D\'Naik
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 Chet Van D\'Naik
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Hey Raman,

This question has multiple correct answers to it, and unfortunately not all of them are true. So let me try my version here:

1. If your aim is to get into consulting and be in consulting, then you can target to become a domain expert. Eventually, through networking you'll get your shot into consulting

2. If your aim is to take MBB/Big 4 names as a launchpad, then you need to find someone within these companies who will champion for you inside the firm and eventually make it there. Here you'll need to focus on networking and case interviews more than in the first approach

 

So depending on what you want, you may choose your approach. 

 

Thanks !

Chet

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