"The MBA and the
consulting industry are closely linked, as the skills of an MBA graduate are
perfect for the industry. Many firms consequently see a top MBA as an essential
pre-requisite of joining as a consultant and, as James Donald reports, the
credit crunch is not affecting recruitment as badly as some had feared."
So what are the skills that make top MBA graduates so attractive? When MBA candidates or graduates join Bain & Co - number 330 in the Forbes (a US media and publishing company) list of America’s private companies last year - as consultants they, “take responsibility for attacking the most advanced and difficult problems our clients face, including understanding specific competitor performance, assessing underlying market dynamics or dissecting the drivers of—and potential for—financial returns.”
McKinsey & Company say that their consultants are a
“network of leaders” with skills which can be developed on an MBA: “What we look for when we are hiring are individuals with leadership potential, integrity, a sharp analytical mind, creativity, and the ability to work with people at all levels in an organization. We are problem solvers with a passion for excellence. We are intellectually curious and highly collaborative.”
As a consequence of this demand for MBA-style skills, consulting firms are traditionally among the largest employers of top MBA graduates.....