Routes into consulting

Graduate training schemes and internships

Bigger consultancy firms offer graduate training schemes and summer internships, typically for penultimate year students, lasting around six weeks. You may find opportunities advertised on LSE CareerHub, try also national graduate recruitment website such as TargetJobs and Prospects. Also see consultancy deadline dates.

Don't neglect the small firms; you may gain more responsibility faster by working at in a smaller firm. Look for niche consultancies advertising on LSE CareerHub and consider sending targeted, speculative applications by CV and cover letter to consultancies that interest you. Try the professional associations such as the Management Consultancy Association or BlueBoomerang.com for lists of consultancies you could target for a speculative application.

Applying

  • Apply early: even if the website states that applications are 'ongoing'. Employers will often make decisions on applications as they come in rather than waiting until a deadline has passed and assessing applications in one go
  • Beat the competition by thinking quality, not quantity. Make a handful of top quality applications rather than wasting valuable study time applying everywhere
  • A 2:1 is, normally, the minimum degree requirement for graduate vacancies. Avoid jeopardising your academic results by spending excessive time chasing vacancies

Get experience

You don't need to be on a structured consultancy internship to start thinking like a consultant. Working within almost any business will give you valuable exposure to working with clients and to providing products and services. Moreover, you will begin to develop specialist knowledge of the industry in which you are working. 

Having work experience with any business may allow you to demonstrate:

  • Commercial awareness - see our leaflet on commercial awareness [pdf] to help you develop this vital skill
  • Working with clients
  • Knowledge of a specific sector
  • The internal structure of businesses  

Investigate recruitment agencies. Temping during your summer vacation might involve doing something fairly menial but keep your eyes and ears open and you could learn a considerable amount about the business world.

For ideas about gaining experience see our timelines on planning your time at LSE.

Useful links

For more graduate schemes see Inside Careers, Prospects and employers’ websites. Visit our resource centre to pick up copies of the Times top 100 graduate employers, The Guardian UK 300 and TARGETjobs which list employers with graduate vacancies.

You can also search LSE CareerHub for graduate jobs and find organisations who are coming on to campus to recruit LSE graduates.

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