Written by: Gus Rasch
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to New York with eight other Eller students to network with consulting professionals. Over the course of three days, we met with Eller alumni and others from firms such as Accenture, Deloitte, and Capco. We arranged panel discussions and office tours with most of these firms and attended an alumni mixer that provided the opportunity to chat with professionals in a less formal setting. The trip was intended to inform as well, to build the foundations of a professional network for Eller students interested in consulting.
Our trip was modeled after the annual Wall Street networking trip run by the Investments Club for finance students. That trip has been growing for several years and has proven to be very successful in providing a way for high-achieving Eller students to get their foot in the door of high finance. This was the first time such a trip has been run for consulting, but we intend to continue it in the future to further develop opportunities in consulting for University of Arizona students.
In an industry as selective as consulting, forming relationships with professionals is often critical to landing a desirable job or internship. People in industry are valuable sources of knowledge and guidance, and may also lend a helping hand throughout the application process. With that in mind, we hope to return to New York next year with a group of passionate and motivated students who will help to enhance the University’s professional network and reputation within the consulting industry. For those interested in next year’s trip, or in the consulting industry in general, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.