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Consultancy work experience

Consultancy work experienceWork experience, often referred to as an internship, is always the best way to get a feel for how day-to-day life on a job will be.

How to apply

Most consultancy companies offer internships during the summer holidays of university. Applications for summer internships usually close at the end of January although some can close as early as November so you need to get your application in early if you are keen to do it.

Your application form needs to be concise and clear. Most importantly it needs to show that you are enthusiastic about the business, and keen to learn new things. Usually your application will be followed up by an interview. Usually interviews will include a short maths test, and you will be talked through a couple of business case studies to test your reasoning skills.

Starting your placement

Most companies will give you a short induction at the beginning of your internship. This is not just to show you where the toilets are and where to go for coffee, but it’s a great chance for you to ask questions about the environment. Try to find out as much as you can about the work you will be expected to do – it saves you asking awkward questions later on!

On the job

It’s not all making tea and photocopying – most management consultant interns say that they were put straight to work when they began the internship. Expect to be given real responsibility, and learn a lot about the company very quickly. Typical duties include researching, evaluating a company’s performance and competitors, and discussing clients’ problems.

It could be a change from university, though – many interns have mentioned the shock of working long hours after having been lazy at university, but its good practise for the future world of work! It’s not all work and no play, though. Many of the larger firms will include social nights and networking drinks as part of an intern’s training programme.

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