We’d like to wish a hearty congratulations to Thomas and the rest of the editorial team at InsideBuzz, which just released its free e-book, An Inside Look at Consulting, 2013 Edition.
Think of this book as a primer for a career in management consulting. It explains the basic questions about 1) what is consulting 2) how does the hiring process work 3) what do consultants do and 4) what can you do after a career in consulting.
It also contains a nice glossary of consulting buzzwords, replete with little gems like “Ping Me” and “Drill Down.” The Boston Consulting Group sponsored this book, and there are several interviews with BCG Associates about the life and responsibilities of a management consultant.
I recently worked with a candidate, Friedrich (not his real name), who happened to be in Los Angeles over the holidays and wanted to practice a case in person. He is a sharp and charismatic undergraduate student who already has an offer with a boutique strategy firm but is preparing for an upcoming interview with an M/B/B firm.
Friedrich nailed the case interview, and in the process, happened to write up some very good notes. What impressed me was how Friedrich used his notes to draw me into the problem solving process throughout the case, asking me to reflect on his setup and structure, which made the case collaborative and enjoyable for me, the interviewer.
Above, with his permission I’ve shared his actual notes from our session.
Several of my former colleagues from McKinsey are now working in cleantech startups or advising VCs on cleantech investments these days. Above is an interview conducted by CNBC with Theresia Ranzetta, a former Bain consultant who made the transition to a becoming a venture capitalist with Accel Partners. Theresia leads investments in early stage private companies at her fund, which was one of the original investors in Facebook.
Though getting into the venture capital investing is elusive for many people, Theresia blazed a path that many have followed, from consulting –> product management –> VC.
I enjoyed the exchange below:
CNBC Host: “What is it that is unique about technology right now that is allowing you to find deals?”
Thereza: “Our job is to find the rays of light, the markets where the technology is creating a huge new opportunity.”
Special thanks to @CNBC and @Accel for providing this interview embed. Best of luck to you Theresia in your future investments!