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What Type of Person Thrives in Management Consulting?

Many different types of people can thrive in consulting - on the team it is important to have a good mixture of people with a variety of skills. However, there are certain common traits that many people working in management consulting will have. I am currently an Associate at L.E.K. and have been working here for a year, so I will write about the qualities I think are important to succeed towards the start of your career. As you progress in your career there are different skills which you must develop, for example the ability to manage other people.

There's No Such Thing as a Typical Route into Consulting

It’s the first day of ‘Orientation’ and I’m one of fifty new Associates from across L.E.K.’s European offices that have gathered in a hotel conference centre for the start of our introduction to L.E.K. The first thing that strikes me is the diversity of backgrounds that my peer group has. We have people straight out of an undergraduate degree, people who have just submitted their PhDs, and people who are coming to L.E.K. from other city careers… and me.

A Week in the Life of a Senior Associate Consultant at L.E.K. Paris

I joined L.E.K. one year ago as an Associate Consultant and, since then, I have been promoted to Senior Associate Consultant and have participated in a number of varied cases, including market forecast modelling and business plan assessment, and client presentations to both private equity funds and corporate clients in industries including retail, energy and chemicals.

I carry out different types of work, ranging from project management to client interface, as well as desk research, modelling and PowerPoint presentation set up. This is part of what makes the L.E.K. job so exciting: you always get to work on new things!

My Swap Experience

I joined L.E.K.’s Sydney office as an Associate in 2010. In the three years since then, I’ve tried to make the most of what L.E.K. has to offer and the Swap programme was definitely one of the highlights. Learn about why I participated in the program and what my swap experience was like in my blog post.

Reflections on Year One at L.E.K. Australia

I still remember the nervous excitement of my first day at L.E.K. and the questions buzzing around my head. Would I like my peer group? Would I enjoy the mystery-shrouded world of management consulting? Would they expect me to know anything about accounting? Learn more about my first-year experience at L.E.K. in this blog post.
 

My Experience as a L.E.K. Associate in Australia

 

A friend and fellow engineering student first introduced me to L.E.K. by taking me to the graduate recruitment talk at my university. The people and the work seemed interesting and outside the realm of careers I had considered before. I was further encouraged to apply by a few New Zealanders in various L.E.K. offices and was excited by the prospect of a challenging interview process and a trip to Sydney!

L.E.K. Associate Application FAQ for Sydney, Australia

I've recently received several e-mails from candidates interested in the L.E.K. Sydney, Australia office and we are now accepting applications for our Graduate Recruitment Program for Associate opportunities for 2014 in this office. In my latest blog post, I’ve addressed common questions from undergrad and grad students about applying for L.E.K.’s Associate program in Australia. 

Why Management Consulting at L.E.K. Has Proven to be the Right Career Choice for Me

I joined the London office as an Associate just over six months ago and in that time, L.E.K. and management consulting in general has provided me with a rich and rewarding experience. The foremost reasons are the level of responsibility we receive as Associates, the people I work with, the quality of work we strive to deliver as a team and the variety of work in which I am involved. 

Using My Consulting Skills to Foster Social Change

“I became a strategy consultant because I wanted to save the world” is probably not one of the top 10 reasons for joining the profession – “because I wanted to see how business works” “because it would give me professional skills I could use in a variety of environments” or “because it was either that or investment banking” are all likely to be more popular – but there is at least a seed of truth in it for me.

My L.E.K. Consulting Summer Internship as an MBA

When I began my summer internship at L.E.K. in 2011, I had no idea what to expect. I was new to the world of consulting and, like many others, wasn’t exactly sure what “consulting” meant. 

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