My short term goal after my MBA is to join a top tier consulting firm in Europe, such as McKinsey & Company or BCG. Having gained experience as a PwC consultant, working with hi-tech and bio-tech companies, I plan to specialize in managing consulting projects within the Ed-tech or digital health space.
IESE’s use of the case-study method style of teaching will be a great preparation for dealing with my clients’ problems, and will enable me to exploit the rich diversity of my classmates’ backgrounds. The Capstone (TFM) project, at the end of the first year, will be a great opportunity to practice real-world problem solving and present solutions to company executives. Classes such as ‘Mergers & Acquisitions,’ ‘Internet Enabling Strategies’ and ‘Managing Corporate Growth,’ which address core consulting topics, will broaden my business knowledge and hone skills essential for a consultant. I am also excited to join the Consulting club, where I can forge connections with fellow students who share my goals, as well as prepare for internship and job interviews.
IESE’s career services will also play a large role in helping me to land my ideal position, by organizing career forums, and treks to consulting firms, to meet with their recruiters.
In my mid-term goal as Engagement Manager, I will be leading consulting projects. My military experience as an officer, leading groups of people to accomplish missions, has provided a strong platform. To enhance my leadership skills, I intend to take courses at IESE, such as ‘Consulting Soft Skills: the Craft of Consulting Proposal Writing’ and ‘Creativity for Managers.’ These courses will allow me to put myself in the shoes of the decision makers and learn from their experience.