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Graduate jobs in consulting

How to get a job in consulting

Consulting is a highly competitive sector to enter – employers like to see graduates with first class or 2.1 degrees and a flair for problem solving. The rigorous application process will usually involve a case study interview to test your ability to evaluate business information and brainstorm solutions.

What skills are needed to get a job in consulting?

Graduate consultants need to have:

  • excellent critical and creative thinking ability
  • highly developed communication skills
  • analytical skills
  • great teamworking skills
  • intellectual energy and curiosity
  • enthusiasm.

Recruiters will also be looking for evidence of a keen interest in how businesses work and commercial awareness.

What is it like to work in consulting?

Consulting is about helping organisations improve their performance. It has a lot of pluses, but be prepared for long working hours, and, in most firms, a lot of time spent away from home. This is definitely not a sector for you if you don’t like travel (local or abroad). Your consulting colleagues will be bright, ambitious and social.

Other degrees welcome or not?

Absolutely. A small number of firms look for economic or numerate degrees, but in the main all degree subjects are sought in the consulting sector. As your career progresses you could become an expert in a particular industry, but this will not necessarily be related to your degree subject.


Although a few firms accept applications all year round, a large number of firms open for applications in September and close between the end of October and November. Early application is advised. Applications for internships should usually be made by January.