Aleeza Asghar

BSc Economic History, 2013
Strategy Consulting Senior Associate, Strategy& (part of the PwC network)

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

I chose to transfer to LSE given it's truly global environment. Situated in one of the most diverse and bustling global cities, I knew that I in addition to receiving a world-class education, I would have the opportunity to parttake in substantial conversations.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

My LSE experience was phenomenal. I would characterize it as a period of time in which I was continuously challenged and stimulated, in numerous ways. My Economic History courses were taught by academics, who appeared in the books we read, in debate fashion. Lingering on campus meant steams of engaging conversation consisting of very diverse perspectives. Having the city of London at our doorstep ensured the stimulating and diverse environment surrounded us 24/7.

Since graduating from LSE, where has your career path led you? 

Upon graduating from LSE, I joined PwC's strategy consulting practice (now Strategy&) in Chicago, IL. Though I did not study business as many of my peers did, I felt well equipped to probe questions deeply and problem solve my way to creative solutions which is fundamental to strategy consulting.

Why did you choose your current job?

The opportunity to solve high-impact, ambiguous problems was highly appealing to me. Additionally, the sheer exposure and repetitions I knew that I could achieve through the consulting environment was encouraging - I still feel that I'm learning at the same rate as during my time at LSE.

What does your current role involve, and what skills are required?

Strategy consulting (luckily) has yet to give me a day that has repeated. The problems we are solving are frequently changing. Although I am based in Chicago, I regularly travel to clients located in the US. In terms of skills, I would say perhaps the most helpful skills / traits to have are to be a thinker, to be comfortable in ambiguity, and to be persistent.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

Go to as many LSE consulting events as possible (especially the informal ones). Network with LSE alumni that can perhaps recommend you (recommendations go a long way in helping you stand out, given the sheer number of online applications). Understand the nature of the job, and ensure you have a very clear and compelling story as to why you'd want to be consultant.