Jump to the following questions:
- Can you explain a bit about your journey into consulting?
- Best advice you received that really impacted your career?
- Have you found anything to be particularly helpful when trying to manage your work-life balance and avoid burnout?
- Was there anything that surprised you about the role when you became Project Leader? Anything you weren’t expecting to be difficult, that is or vice versa?
- Do you have any advice for people looking to move into consulting from another industry or role?
- Is it possible to do enough case prep? Is there a finite number of cases?
After graduating as a nuclear engineer in Argentina, people typically either go into academia or industry in a rather technical role. I contemplated both options and actually had a job lined up with the Argentinian Utility company that operates their power plants. Since the onboarding process is lengthy, a friend brought up the possibility to interview with management consulting firms. I had never heard of consulting before, so he explained that it was project-based work, across different industries and with lots of opportunities to travel. This actually sounded pretty interesting to me and the more I learned about it the more appealing it became. As a new graduate, I was ultimately looking for the best learning opportunity, a comprehensive mentorship program and a strong feedback culture all of which consulting provides. Initially, I joined BCG in Argentina, and then after my MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, I transferred to the Chicago office.
It really depends on the tenure:
Associates/Analysts (pre-MBA): One of the earlier pieces of advice that I got as an analyst was that you need to become self-sufficient, possessing