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b2ap3_thumbnail_Music_Business_Program.jpgToday's success story focuses on Kevin Drennan, a music major from McGill University and MCN member who will be joining McKinsey full-time in 2014. After an initial, unsuccessful attempt at breaking into consulting, he buckled down, focused on the essentials, and secured multiple offers before deciding to join McKinsey. In this guest post, he discusses his path to consulting, and the factors that helped him succeed as a non-traditional applicant.

The following is written by Kevin, is purely a personal viewpoint, and in no way, shape or form represents the official position of any organization on the recruiting process. The image represents what we expect Kevin to look like next year. 

“From Music-Major to McKinsey”

Breaking into Consulting from a Non-Traditional Background

Last year at this time I was reeling after finishing consulting recruitment with no offers. I had a non-traditional background (music major at McGill; 3 minors in math, economics & business), but I thought that my strong GPA, extracurriculars, and ‘uniqueness factor’ would lead to at least one or two good offers.

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Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Success Stories

Yet another McGill success story - this Finance student reached out to me after using The MCN's resources to prep for their consulting interviews. They received and accepted an offer from BCG in 2012. They've shared some great advice for prospective interviewees as well as some insight into why consulting and why BCG.

Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Success Stories

At the beginning of the year, I spent almost 2 months helping 5 students prepare intensively for their case interviews. And to illustrate how much feedback and practice can affect your odds of success, take a look at what happened...

Posted by Khaled Kteily on in Success Stories

One of the sections that I've decided to add to the blog is "Success Stories". This will be a series of posts about students who have successfully networked, put together a great CV, gotten an offer, etc. along with tips for how you can do the same. Part 1, "Networking outside of networking events" has already been posted at http://www.themcn.ca/blog/entry/success-stories-part-1-networking-outside-of-networking-events.html. More to come soon!

Consultants are not trying to scare or intimidate you, nor are they going to be closed-off or unfriendly (well, at least not at my firm!). Networking can initially be a bit nerve-wracking, but I'd like to share something with you that will make the process a little bit easier for you: don't constrain yourself to networking in situations where you're "expected" to! Read through for an example of how a student landed an interview a top IBank.