By Janet Huang, Intern in Career Services
If someone were to tell me that I would be working as a consultant after graduation, I would probably look back at him or her with a very confused look on my face. As a December ’12 graduate with a public relations and international relations dual major, I thought my post-graduate career was going to either be working at a public relations agency or in-house for a corporation. Consulting had never been in my future, and I never thought I would land a job with Deloitte LLP, as a Business Technology Analyst.
I guess I sparked an interest in Deloitte when they came to Newhouse for an informational session. One of the best tips I can give to students looking for career opportunities or internships is to pay attention to Career Services. I would have never found out about Deloitte speaking in Newhouse if I had not attended Career Fair at the Carrier Dome.
After hearing about all of the great opportunities Deloitte offered, I was surprised to find out that they needed communication majors such as myself. I had always thought Deloitte was a big financial company, but through the informational session, I found out they were much bigger than that. I decided to apply through OrangeLink and Deloitte’s website and SURPRISE! I ended up getting an interview.
Words could not describe how anxious I was going into the interview. Most consulting firms require a standard behavioral interview along with a case interview. While I have been to many behavioral interviews, I had no idea how to approach a case interview. I pretty much thought that the questions would be extremely technical and involve complex math problems – both of which were not my strong suits. Fortunately, Career Services was able to calm my nerves a little and coach me through a case interview. I learned that the most important part of case interviews isn’t that you know technical terms, but that you know how to think logically and creatively.
It did not matter that I was not an IT student or that I didn’t know much about technology because my communications background was able to help me communicate my thoughts clearly and effectively. Similar to public relations, consulting requires you to face many different clients, most of which you have little or no background in. In order to succeed, you have to possess problem-solving skills, analytical ability, and strategic and logical thinking. Remember: you can develop these skills in nearly all of the majors offered at SU!
Once I realized this, all I had to do was be calm and confident in my answers. The rest, you can say, is history…
I would have never thought to pursue a career in consulting, but in many ways, a lot of my PR skills matched consulting. I am thankful for being able to explore my options with the help of Career Services and informational sessions. While it may seem like that your major decides where you have to work in the future, it is ultimately the skills you gain that can help choose which path you travel.