Heavener sees increase in consulting hires
Heavener’s increased focus on consulting paid off in 2021. For the first time, Heavener had students who accepted a full-time offer and students who accepted an internship at the big three consulting firms – Bain, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey. The full-time offers all exceeded $75,000.
These successes are thanks to a ramped up focus on consulting for Heavener students. The Business Career Services team created a no-credit course – the BCS Undergraduate Consulting Accelerator – for all students interested in pursuing consulting careers. This course includes nine modules that give students insight into career services, interviewing and many other helpful tips in the job search process.
The foundation for consulting success at Heavener has been built over recent years. The Business Career Services team spent time cultivating relationships with these companies, and with the increased resources available to students interested in consulting, Heavener’s presence in the industry will remain strong in the future.
Luke Carter (BSBA ’22, MSF ’23) will be interning with McKinsey & Company in the summer of 2022. He credited his time in on-campus leadership programs like the Undergraduate Consulting Club (UCC) for connecting him with consulting opportunities.
“My freshman year with UCC, I did a pro-bono consulting project for a Gainesville based start-up. This project taught me why I wanted to go into consulting — I was thrown into a completely new industry and had to work with a team to create a recommendation for the CEO of the company,” he said. “The number of skills and knowledge that I gained from this project showed me how great consulting is as a career. Additionally, as the President of the organization, I have gained leadership experience by helping younger students who are interested in obtaining a career in consulting. Both the project and leadership experience were instrumental for my resume and interview stories.”
For Claire Patterson (BSBA ’21, MIB ’22), her experience with consulting at Heavener turned into a full-time position with as an associate with Boston Consulting Group.
“I think that the leadership and involvement opportunities offered by Heavener were a key factor for my consulting success thus far,” she said. “Academics are of course important, but I think the experiences highlighted on my resume helped me stand out in the application process. Also, Heavener’s career resources were invaluable when preparing for the intense case interviews that these consulting firms are known for. I relied heavily on the CAP Mentors, especially those who had already secured competitive consulting internships, for guidance and mock interviews. My success is largely due to the amazing resources Heavener offers its students, and I’ve really enjoyed serving as a CAP Mentor myself this year to help other Gators break into the consulting industry.”