Consulting Firms: Entry Level Jobs Versus Post-MBA Positions

by Jaineel Aga

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Getting Consulting Jobs In India.

In many ways, the position you’re applying to  plays a major role in how much work visa regulation affects your job search.


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In many ways, the position you’re applying to  plays a major role in how much work visa regulation affects your job search.



For Entry-Level Applicants

If you’re applying to an entry-level position as an analyst or an associate, your chances of being penalized for lacking work authorization in the UK or US is far greater compared to situations in which you’re applying for a post-MBA position.

It’s harder to get entry-level positions as an associate because when companies look for an entry-level associate, they’re just looking for someone who’s generally enthusiastic, smart, and analytical. They don’t necessarily look for people from a particular industry or degree background. They tend to look for these types of workers from national campuses, with a high preference placed on students with work eligibility.

Post-MBA Applicants

The job scene is significantly different when you apply to a post-MBA position. When companies are looking for someone to fill a position as a manager or principal, they’re not just looking for someone who’s enthusiastic, smart, analytic, and has other great qualities. For these positions, they want applicants to complement their skill sets with relevant work experience. Consulting firms will always favor an MBA grad who has previous consulting, client or any other kind of experience that transfers well to the consulting job.

Many consulting firms that are unwilling to go through the sponsorship process for entry-level positions are more open to acquiring visas for potential employees that can fill post-MBA positions.

If you’re at a stage in your career when you’re considering post-MBA work, visas shouldn’t be as much of a concern as they are for a worker earlier on in his or her career.
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