Last week I had the opportunity to attend the “Dallas Consulting Trek” put on by Career Management. (I was lucky since I was the last one off the waitlist who got to attend – this was a popular choice trek!)
- 40 first-year MBAs make their way to Dallas to visit with 5 of the country’s top consulting companies
- Thursday night: Welcoming reception with the consulting team of PwC
- Friday: Wheels down (via a giant bus) at 7:15, where we headed to Bain & Company for breakfast, a presentation, and an office tour. Next stop: Booz & Company for a presentation and office tour, complete with soaring views of downtown Dallas. Next stop: Boston Consulting Group for lunch, a presentation, and rotating roundtable discussions with their team. Last stop: Deloitte Consulting for happy hour and an energetic group discussion. Final bus unload at 6:30pm.
By Friday night, I was exhausted. The nonstop networking and information flow was intense! At the same time, I felt very excited because I found the companies so interesting… and places I could see myself working at. The differences in each office were evident, and yet I liked aspects of all of them. I was most impressed with the caliber of people we interacted with – talk about SMART PEOPLE!
The timing was great for another reason, because on Saturday I received my MBA+ project offers. I decided to go with a marketing strategy project for Booz & Company – which was made even more exciting since I had just met my project contacts the previous day.
I’m constantly impressed with the opportunities that Career Management provides. In addition to our one hour weekly class where we are taught everything from research to resume writing to networking… They put on events like this so we can see first-hand what it’s like to work in a particular industry and at a particular company.
One last thing… I’m learning the power of LinkedIn! Before coming to McCombs, I had no idea what a powerful tool it is. Feel free to find me here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/erinwhalen.