Written by: Aroni Paromita | Edited by: Danielle Edmonds
Our Consulting Panel was held during the first breakout session. We had three panelists who are all BU Alumni. Flavia Mucciolo, who graduated from Questrom, is currently a Consulting Analyst at Accenture. Ally Hoffman is currently a Senior Consultant in EY’s Risk Advisory Practice. Finally, Ishita Agrawal is a Management Consultant at PwC.
Both Ally and Ishita mentioned that their full-time job landed from their junior internship experiences in their respective companies which really shows the importance of an internship. Flavia pointed out that “consulting is always client facing. The most important skill to learn is how to present information and how to connect with people in a way that they can understand the information.” Ally added that “teaming is also so important in consulting,” which the other panelists strongly agreed with. They also emphasized that a career in consulting requires adapting to a new lifestyle of travelling often. Therefore, if you love traveling and working in teams, a job in consulting may be the perfect fit for you.
When asked about whether being a woman makes their careers harder, Ishita said that being aware of it and taking measures accordingly is what makes it easier. She takes the time to ensure that she gains enough trust from her clients to make them seek advice for solutions to their business issues. However, from her experience, she has seen that being a woman in consulting is really celebrated and doesn’t hold you back from reaching your goal.
Additionally, they all emphasized the importance of reaching out to anyone working in a company or industry of interest on LinkedIn, especially to a person with mutual connections. They all agreed that what makes consulting challenging is maintaining a persistent and trustworthy relationship with clients which can involve answering important phone calls while on a break.
We want to thank Flavia, Ally, and Ishita for taking the time out of their Saturday to speak with us. If you want to connect with them, feel free to add them on LinkedIn and attach a thank you for speaking at our conference.