L.E.K. Professional Development Series

Strategy consulting is, at its core, an apprenticeship. L.E.K. does a great job of fostering a community where everyone is willing to help and teach one another. It is very common to peek over the cube next door to ask about an Excel formula or send out an email to the associates in your office with a question and immediately get five replies. Nevertheless, L.E.K. has also developed a robust professional development series that provides regular formal training as you progress through the ranks.

It all begins with a two-week intensive training and orientation program before you start your first day in the office. The training is conducted in an interactive classroom setting with frequent exercises that allow you to immediately practice and interact with the new skills. New hire training includes a crash course on frequently used tools such as PowerPoint and Excel, as well as key associate tasks such as data analysis and primary and secondary research. New hire orientation concludes with a mock case where you work with a team of fellow associates to put together a presentation that allows you to apply your newly acquired skills.

From there, you’ll attend one 2-3 hour classroom-style training session each month. These sessions focus on research, technical, analytical, communication, and other core skills. Some sessions will serve as a crash course on certain sectors that L.E.K. does a lot of work in, such as the life sciences. Each professional development session is taught by more senior staff with the goal of making the learning experience as engaging as possible.

As you progress through your career at L.E.K., the professional development courses track closely with the skill set expectations of someone of your tenure. This way, the PD curriculum introduces and reinforces concepts that will allow you to be the best possible associate. For example, towards the end of your first year as an associate, the curriculum shifts heavily toward financial modeling skills. A number of courses introduce you to the concept and conclude with an intensive three-day “modeling boot camp” where you build your own three statement financial model. This preparation becomes invaluable as you begin to take on complex financial models in your second year as an associate. 

Finally, if you ever need to return to a particular lesson, the entire curriculum is easily accessible through the L.E.K. network, serving as a reference guide for any question you might have.

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