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Last Updated Nov 1, 2019 by

Consulting Industry Insights from Dartmouth Tuck Alumni

Around a third of each Dartmouth Tuck class of MBA graduates go into consulting, with about a fifth joining the big three: McKinsey, Bain, and Boston Consulting Group. Tuck’s executive director of Career Services, Stephen Pidgeon T ’07, says “Tuck’s focus on the general management curriculum gives students a broad skillset…That, combined with our very hands-on approach to learning and practicing analytical tools and presentation skills, gives you what you need to hit the ground running.” This is all amidst an industry that is growing more complex, which can be seen in major issues such as Brexit and the Affordable... Read more »

Last Updated May 13, 2019 by

Real Humans of Bain: Consultants

We kicked off our Real Humans of Bain with a pair of summer associates, and now we’re turning to some more experienced consultants.  A summer internship may seem daunting, not to mention planning out your post-MBA career.  That’s why we’re happy to hear from Bain members with a few years of experience—and thereby perspective—on the professional journey consulting can be. The Bain consultants profiled below walk us through their MBA and career experiences, as well as a few “Real Humans” questions.  Whether you’re just starting the MBA application process or kicking off your own summer internship, these consultants  from Bain &... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 29, 2019 by

Real Humans of Bain: Summer Associates

There’s no doubt that consulting consistently leads the pack for MBA graduates’ career choice, and Bain & Co. is widely considered one of the most elite consulting firms in the world.  As such, we’re excited to kick off our Real Humans of Bain series.  Just as we brought you the inside perspective from recruiting at Bain, we’re now on the ground with recent Summer Associates, who provide fresh firsthand perspectives on earning an MBA and landing at Bain. The recent MBA graduates profiled below walk us through their MBA and career experiences, as well as a few “Real Humans” questions. ... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 18, 2019 by

Podcast Episode 33: Keith Bevans of Bain & Company Discusses Consulting, Recruiting and More

Bain & Company—widely considered one of the most elite consulting firms in the world—is a coveted post-MBA destination for students at top business schools in every part of the globe.  Our guest today, Keith Bevans, is a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office and also heads Bain’s global consultant recruiting efforts.  The latter involves managing the team that identifies and attracts talent to Bain’s offices and ensures that the next generation of leaders continue to make Bain “The best firm to work for.” Keith Bevans, Partner and Leader of Corporate Recruiting, Bain & Co. While Bain primarily targets top-20... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 by

Wharton Publishes 2018 MBA Employment Report, Announces $25M Gift

Lots of news out of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania recently. Employment statistics have been published for the most recent graduating class, and a big donation will fund a cool new building dedicated to entrepreneurship in West Philadelphia as well as more international scholarships for undergraduates. Here’s what’s going on at the Wharton School. 2018 Employment Report The 2018 MBA Career Report revealed a slight increase in job offers and salaries with finance drawing in more students than ever. In 2018, 36.9 percent of full-time MBA graduates went into financial services (up from 33 percent last year).... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 27, 2018 by

Fridays from the Frontline: INSEAD Women in Business Club Launches “Tell Your Story” Initiative

Fridays from the Frontline INSEAD’s Women in Business Club recently kicked off a “Tell Your Story” initiative on the INSEAD MBA Experience blog. The new initiative aims to offer a platform for female students to share their insights and “inspirational life stories.” The first “Tell Your Story” guest is current INSEAD student Ann Alampi, MBA ‘18J, who offers unique takes gleaned from an interesting path to business school, first as a geology researcher and later an energy consultant for top consulting firm Bain & Company. The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the INSEAD... Read more »

Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 by

Real Humans of the INSEAD MBA Class of 2018D

We’re moving right along in our Real Humans series focused on current students at leading business schools around the globe. Today, enter INSEAD, under a spotlight. Ranked the number one MBA program in the world by the Financial Times in both 2016 and 2017, the global school with campuses on three continents was knocked to second this year by Stanford, but the many of the qualities that helped it dominate in prior years remain. Compared head to head against other international business schools (outside the United States), Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked INSEAD tops out of 31 schools in its most recent... Read more »

Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 by

How to Break into the “MBB”—Best Business Schools for Landing Top Consulting Jobs

With starting salaries in the $140,000 to $150,000 range and a customary $25,000 signing bonus on top of that, it’s no wonder so many business school students target the prestige consulting firms known as the “MBB”—McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain & Company—as their post-MBA landing pads. That $170,000+ annual compensation package can quickly cut any MBA loan debt you may have taken on down to size. Indeed, management consulting has been one of the most coveted career paths for fresh MBA grads for ages. And though the technology industry has in recent years been stealing some grads from... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 by

7 Top Takeaways from Leading Business School 2017 Employment Reports

There’s been a steady stream of salary and employment data from leading business schools over the past several months as one after another has released 2017 employment reports. We’ve shared a lot of it along the way, including special reports on Kellogg, McDonough, NYU Stern, Tuck, and Stanford. With results from nearly every top school now in, prospective MBA students can take heart that the news is pretty universally encouraging. Overall, data gathered about the Class of 2017 reveal growing salaries across all industries and very high employment rates among graduates from all top institutions. Taking a look at the reports as a group,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 23, 2018 by

How to Break into Consulting at Bain—Tips from the Global Head of Consultant Recruiting

For business school students gunning for a career in consulting post-graduation, Bain & Company is on an exclusive shortlist of the most elite consulting firms in the world. Considered the third “B” in “MBB”—the acronym used to refer to McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Bain—the Boston-headquartered firm boasts 53 offices in 34 countries around the world. Bain employs more than 7,000 people and counts as its clients leading Fortune 500 companies, as well as nonprofit and government organizations. And business continues to be booming. Keith Bevans, Bain global head of consultant recruiting We caught up with Keith Bevans, global... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2017 by

Can You Guess Our 17 Favorite Clear Admit Stories in 2017?

They range from one-on-one chats with business school deans to deep dives with top MBA recruiters. There were new admission directors to welcome and gorgeous new business school campuses to take in. Then, of course, there were threatened immigration bans that brought MBA students across campuses together in support of one another. And no Clear Admit year in review would be complete without some of our great admissions resource content. There were so many stories, in fact, that we couldn’t limit our list of top picks to just 10. We hope you’ll enjoy looking back through the year in graduate... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 by

Top Tuck 2017 Employment Stat Takeaways: Salaries Up, Tech Growing, West Beckons

Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business today became the latest leading business school to share details from its Class of 2017 MBA Employment Report, revealing an all-time high average first-year base salary and signing bonus of $158,194. To get there, the mean base salary climbed to $127,986 from last year’s $123,934, and the mean signing bonus increased 4 percent to $30,208. The median salary and signing bonus, meanwhile, remained constant year over year, at $125,000 and $25,000 respectively. Eighty-five percent of the Class of 2017 received a signing bonus, down from 87 percent of the Class of 2016. Strong demand for... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 16, 2017 by

Top 5 Reasons Diversity MBA Conferences Should Be on Your Recruiting Calendar

More than 10,000 MBA students, business school representatives, recruiters, and business executives filled the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia late last month for one of the largest career conferences serving minority professionals. The conference has been around since 1970, but for the first time this year the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and Prospanica, the association of Hispanic professionals, joined forces to present it. The result was an incredible opportunity for attendees to network with companies and each other, take advantage of career development programming, and interview for and secure job offers from hundreds of companies spanning multiple industries. Cornell’s... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 25, 2017 by

Real Humans of the Berkeley Haas MBA Class of 2019

The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley welcomed its largest ever class—284 students—into a brand-new facility that promises to be one of the greenest academic buildings in the country. Not only is the incoming class larger than any before it, it is also one of the strongest academically, according to Peter Johnson, assistant dean for the full-time MBA program and admissions. Average GMAT scores and GPAs have risen over each of the past three years. The average GMAT score this year was 725—a jump from last year’s 717—and the average GPA climbed, too, from 3.64... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 20, 2017 by

Choosing the Best Business School for Consulting

If you are a prospective MBA applicant looking to business school as a way to enter or accelerate your career in the consulting industry, you are certainly not alone. According to the 2017 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), consulting is once again the most sought-after postgraduate industry, with 33 percent of applicants surveyed citing consulting firms as their destination of choice. The consulting function, too, is a top draw. One in four indicated it as their chosen job function, after just marketing/sales (30 percent) and finance/accounting (28 percent). With so many MBA graduates vying for... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 15, 2017 by

From Beijing to Toronto: An International Rotman MBA Student Shares Transition Tips

We love featuring student experiences here in Fridays from the Frontline and couldn’t help but notice this great post from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on second-year student Haolin Zhang (MBA ’18). A Chinese native with solid work experience in marketing at P&G and Mars, Zhang was looking to make the leap into consulting or finance. He was attracted to Rotman because of its strength in finance and its proximity to Bay Street, but like many international students at Rotman, almost all of his professional and educational experience was outside North America. He found himself boning up... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 by

Rotman School MBAs Offered New Opportunities to Explore Gender Equality

The University of Toronto Rotman School of Management welcomed its newest class of MBA students with two new opportunities to explore gender equality. The first was a $50,000 Gender & the Economy Fellowship program competition, an initiative of the newly launched Institute for Gender and the Economy research center. Through the competition, five students were selected as fellows to lead a year-long project focused on gender challenges. For the 2017-2018 year, the fellows included students from the full-time MBA, morning & evening MBA, MBA/MGA, and JD/MBA programs. “The response to our first year of the fellowship award program was overwhelming,”... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 by

Darden Debuts MBA Application Tip Video Series Amid MBA Program Leadership Changes

Sara Neher, long-time assistant dean of admissions at UVA’s Darden School of Business, recently announced the debut of a 12-part MBA application tip video series for the 2017-18 admissions season. The brief videos—each between three and five minutes long—cover individual components of the application and are designed so that applicants can watch them all at once and/or return to them one by one as they work on different parts of the application. “I really encourage you to watch them because they will give you tips that will help you prevent mistakes and know what we are looking for,” explained Neher... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 by

Bain & Company Remains Committed to International MBA Hires Amid H1-B Uncertainty

In this third installment in our continuing series on the H1-B visa and its impact on international MBA students, we checked in with consulting firm Bain & Company, a leading MBA recruiter, to understand the issue from an employer’s perspective. “We definitely hear more questions coming from students about how we handle the H1-B,” says Bain Global Head of Consultant Recruiting Keith Bevans. “Students are asking about it much more in the last year than they have in previous years.” Bain is actively monitoring all of the proposed changes to H1-B legislation—which range from doubling minimum salaries of H1-B visa... Read more »

Last Updated May 23, 2017 by

Bain, LinkedIn Partner to Help Get More Women to the Top in Business

Despite outnumbering male college graduates and making up 40 percent of the classes at several top MBA programs, women represent just 25.1 percent of senior managers and executives at S&P 500 companies and a paltry 4.4 percent of CEOs, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization promoting inclusive workplaces for women. What gives? Leading consulting firm Bain & Company partnered with LinkedIn in late 2016 to answer that very question—and come up with recommendations for how to effect change. Together, Bain and LinkedIn conducted a survey of 8,400 men and women on LinkedIn who work for U.S. companies and hold at... Read more »

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