On March 25, 2010, IE had the pleasure of playing host to an audience of 58 attendees and 4 speakers for the third edition of the Employability Forum, held in our amphitheatre style conference room. The theme was consulting, and although the presenters had not prepared their presentation together, they managed to produce a seamless and highly informative session.
Gil Gidron, President of the European Federation of Management Consulting Associations (FEACO) opened the event with an overview of the current realities of the Consulting industry, setting a perfect platform for subsequent presenters to build on. For his part, he gave facts and figures of the consulting Industry, to give attendees a better idea of how the consulting job market and project market (once they get the consulting job!) works.
He was followed by a director from Accenture, who described the kind of profile that top consulting firms look for and how their selection process works. It was an extremely interesting presentation that enabled attendees to better understand whether or not they were suited to work in companies like Accenture.
A director from PWC came next, this time talking from a more personal perspective. She talked about her experience transitioning from a small consulting firm to a big name like PWC. She dispelled myths about the glamorous life of a consultant and admitted how hard it was: “It is so hard that only those who have a passion for consulting and for solving “impossible problems” within mind boggling deadlines will be able to do it”. She went on to say that “the hours are long, you live on the road, and are faced with questions you have no answer for. However, when you meet with the client, somehow you come up with an answer, an answer that works…”
At the end of the conference, we had the honor of hearing from a recent IE MIM graduate, Guillermo Vieira, who is currently working at INDRA consulting. He talked us through his selection process from a student perspective and described his experiences at INDRA as a recent IE graduate. This was particularly useful for the current MIM students in the audience who were thinking of joining the consulting world.
Finally, one of IE’s Academic Directors, Santiago Acaso, thanked the presenters and the audience for their participation and opened the Q&A session during which members of the audience were able to raise any remaining queries. The presenters then mingled with the attendees in an informal cocktail that allowed for a more personal exchange of information with members of the audience and also some much-appreciated refreshments after such an intensive evening.