I spent yesterday evening with a large cohort of undergraduates and pre-experience Masters students at King’s Business School, King’s College London. A question that concerned some of them was “I don’t have a business degree: but can I still apply to consulting firms?”
The answer is – emphatically – Yes. Consultancies welcome aspiring consultants from all study backgrounds. And with the extension of consulting into areas such as product design, branding, marketing, innovation, customer engagement and customer experience, students from non-standard, non-business backgrounds are as much in demand as any other. I remember McKinsey once saying to me: “Business is easy – we can teach consultants about business.” But the requirements for good academic results, success in the workplace (whatever that workplace might be), and strong interpersonal skills still apply.
In my time I’ve hired musicians, historians, and museum curators in to consultancies. There’s an opportunity out there in consultancy for anyone from any background if you are good enough.