Hi All, ( Male/ IT/ undergrad Mech engg/ 710/ 5.0/ 102/ 3 yrs ex by fall 0 :: . I am applying to few US b-schools for Fall 08 MBA intake.I needed insights on few things. After graduating from MBA program, I want to work as supply chain a…
( Male/ IT/ undergrad Mech engg/ 710/ 5.0/ 102/ 3 yrs ex by fall 0.
I am applying to few US b-schools for Fall 08 MBA intake.I needed insights on few things.
After graduating from MBA program, I want to work as supply chain and strategy manager with a leading company like Dell Inc, or ford motor company which has strong manufacturing base and distribution networks. Further down in my career I want to move into management consulting and specialize in supply chain and strategic consulting.
I believe having industry work experience before moving on to consulting can give me maturity and add value to the assessment that I do as a consultant.
My concerns are.
I just wanted to know weather my expectations are realistic.
Many people move to consulting right after the graduation. Is it recommended? Or is it better to get industry experience in that field and then move to consulting. Or will industry experience not make much of a difference?
I have read in many places that MBAs join top consulting firms right after the graduation, work for 4-5 years and then move to particular company as a specialist in that field. Is this true? If this is true, then why do they do so? Is it because they want to settle into a smooth job rather than tedious consulting jobs?
If it is advisable to have industry experience before moving to functional consulting (like supply chain), then will a experience of 4-5 years be worth enough or more experience would be necessary?
How different will be functional consulting(say supply chain) from general strategy consulting. Can a person pursue both, or do these jobs require different skills sets.
Hi! As an ex consultant I can tell you one thing. Consultants in highly specialized fields such as supply chain and trading are expected to know far more than the average marketing or HR consultants (no offence to any of those guys) I used to consult some really big trading companies and I can tell you from my experience that companies took me seriously because I had spent some time in the mainstream. Therefore, your plan of working in in the mainstream sounds really good. However, consulting requires a lot more time commitment ( travel etc) therefore you might wanna factor that given your personal situation (married/single).