Best Internships for Consulting

One common question I get is what internships should you get if you want to pursue consulting, and it’s a trick question because most people instantly think of Big 4, MBB, or Accenture (gotta add it to the list), but they think if they don’t get a consulting internship it’s game over.

Find roles and programs where you can grow and cultivate these skills. The title may not seem entirely related but the nature of the work is. It’s all about the story and the transferable skills. Some internships that could translate well would be data analytics, market research, supply chain management, operations management, IT project management, product management, financial analysis, and so much more. And even on top of the “role,” actually working on these skills are not guaranteed so you may want to go out of your way to put them to practice either by talking to your supervisor or doing it outside of your internship.

Technology Consulting Community’s pro Bono consulting program is a GREAT example of getting real experience with clients and working on all these skills! It’s free, global, and very fulfilling, so comment down below if you’re interested in learning more as we do rolling applications and send out an interest form to our email list and Facebook group for our next round of clients!

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Mohammad Misbah: Up the Ranks in Consulting: Analyst to Senior Manager | TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS

Mohammad Misbah, other known as “The Consulting Guy” on Instagram, started off at Accenture as an analyst and then rose through the ranks as a senior manager and now is a Director at a Big 4 consulting firm. He now runs The Consulting Guy, hosts The Consulting Podcast, an entrepreneur (crypto, real estate, angel investing), and is a Dad of a 2 year old trouble maker, husband to a wonderful woman.

Starting off in systems integrations and then moving into management consulting where he focused on CRM in the financial services industry, Mohammad shares his wisdom of how his journey, responsibilities, and expectations have changed from when he was an analyst and all the way up as he got promoted within the firm to senior manager. He is now an ex-senior manager at Accenture and has moved onto to become a director at a Big 4 consulting firm!

Big vs. Boutique Consulting Firms

I’m always a fan of boutique firms and always didn’t understand why so many people cared about being in the MBB or Big 4 as the ONLY destination. Boutique firms provide so much value and is actually how I started out when I did my data analytics consulting internship at Analytic Partners in NYC.

There are pros and cons to both big and boutique firms, but frankly it also depends on what you want to do with your career. Large consulting firms are great if you still want to explore many different parts of consulting and industries, and boutique firms are great to get a lot of focused experience and skills in a particular industry, field, or region – like data analytics at Analytic Partners!

Next time ask yourself why do you want to pursue consulting or the field you’re interested, and it can help you make the decision!

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Project Structure in Consulting

I always get asked what should you expect on a project, and honestly this changes across firms, type of consulting, and even client and scope!

I know, I know, it’s the all too famous “it depends,” but I broke it up to a structure I noticed in most firms either big or boutique. Project size also differs as well. Management and strategy consulting may have smaller teams and tech tends to have bigger teams. Sometimes engagement manager/delivery lead is the same person as the project manager to be even leaner!

One other big misconception is analysts just “analyze” and don’t truly do consulting. It really is just a title, but you would typically be a support consultant. You might need to warm up to the responsibilities and tasks first, but you’re still going to be doing the work consultants will be doing, though you may have fewer client facing situations.

How is your current team structure, whether it be consulting or not?

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Top 4 Tech Consulting Firms

I hate rankings because I feel like they are all just rankings, but I actually value more about when the culture or firm is for you. These are the ranking from 2020 at vault.com. And no, I didn’t choose this one because #Accenture is at the top, haha. I think what is important to see when it comes to rankings is to really determine why you are interested in a particular firm. Is it for the prestige and reputation? Is it for clout? Or do you actually like the company’s culture and what they offer for you and your career?

When many people went to me and asked why not #mckinsey, #bain, or #bcg, mine was frankly on culture and work life balance. Also they weren’t known for tech. For #big4, I didn’t want to be in an accounting firm. #Deloitte was probably the only one I would consider due to its dedicated consulting sector and decent tech consulting offerings.

In the end, I chose Accenture for their culture, people, and branding! How many professional services do you see flash in purple? Purple in marketing is meant to be #innovation. It wasn’t purple just for fun.

Which firm is your top firm? Our even #boutiquefirms which I feel don’t get enough attention! Coming from a boutique firm, I loved my experience knowing everyone and honing my craft in data analytics. It’s a better option for many people! I personally chose Accenture so I could explore and expand my skillset and reach beyond just #dataanalytics.

WATCH THIS BEFORE GETTING INTO ADVISORY | Advisory vs. Consulting

In my Live Q&A a few months back, someone asked the question on what is the difference between advisory and consulting. I thought at the time I answered it well, but what better way than to actually make a dedicated video on this? I remember I was just as confused when I was a college student getting into consulting.

This is usually a question most people ask when looking into the Big 4. They are usually used interchangeably, so sometimes they are one and the same, but OTHER times, they are COMPLETELY different. I give you all the details and juice after I sat down with my friend to ask her some questions about the advisory practice in Big 4.

Stick around to the end where I ask the question on Fishbowl where we get true anonymous and honest insider information from Big 4 consultants!

WATCH THIS BEFORE GETTING INTO ADVISORY | Advisory vs. Consulting

In my Live Q&A a few months back, someone asked the question on what is the difference between advisory and consulting. I thought at the time I answered it well, but what better way than to actually make a dedicated video on this? I remember I was just as confused when I was a college student getting into consulting.

This is usually a question most people ask when looking into the Big 4. They are usually used interchangeably, so sometimes they are one and the same, but OTHER times, they are COMPLETELY different. I give you all the details and juice after I sat down with my friend to ask her some questions about the advisory practice in Big 4.

Stick around to the end where I ask the question on Fishbowl where we get true anonymous and honest insider information from Big 4 consultants!

Big vs Boutique Consulting Firms | Which would be right for you?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/iuqgHb7WvDo

I see a lot of people interested in consulting considering big firms, but I wanted to make this video to also show that boutique firms have its benefits too! As someone who worked at a big and a boutique firm, I see value for both types of firms for different people. Hopefully this helps you make a decision with consulting recruiting season upon us!

In this video, I discuss what is a big and a boutique firm and why go for a big or a boutique firm. I put a spin on the video too for anyone interested in technology consulting, but it’s still applying for all types of consulting!

For any questions at all on the video or the information, please let me know, and I will be happy to help out!