Roadmap chunking

Q: I am currently working at a 3-person start-up as a financial consultant. My long-term dream is to work in management consulting. Do you think it is best for me to stay here or move to a company like Deloitte? I have an opportunity to interview at Deloitte, but the position is not exactly what I am looking for.

A: My question back to you, is have you done your research on what it takes to get there? An easy way to figure out your next best step is to analyse the LinkedIn profiles of people who have already landed the job you want. Analyse as many as you can to understand the trends. This gives you an insight into what they are ACTUALLY looking for in a candidate, particularly in terms of experience, education, etc. Given my experience in consulting, I am pretty confident that working at Deloitte would help you achieve your long-term goal better than your current role might. This is for 3 reasons: 1. The Deloitte brand is very powerful and will likely help you get lots of interviews 2. Once you are inside, you have instant access to people who work in your dream team (management consulting), so if you build the right relationships, you get in that way 3. You will learn a lot about how Deloitte operates and given it is one of the most prestigious consulting firms in the world, it will probably give you the tools to succeed in the long term. Good luck!

Q: I am currently interning at my dream company, but they may not be able to hire me afterwards. How should I go about this?

A: There are 2 options: 1. they offer you a role and you stay 2. you move to a different company. In the worst case, where you do not receive an offer from this company, don’t want to be out of work for long. To mitigate this, you could keep an eye out for advertised and hidden opportunities, and pursue these lightly alongside the internship. That way, if you don’t get an offer, you should have a pipeline of options ready to pursue. Luckily, you are getting more valuable by the day in this internship! Good luck.