Getting contacts for potential work can be a tricky enough business on its own, but what happens when you’ve a preferred place to work? Our career coach gives the run down.
Question: I’m taking an MBA, and I want to go into consulting afterwards, which means a change of industry, function and location. My preference would be working in the Middle East. When networking and interviewing, is it better to make my preferred location known upfront? Rudolph, an engineer with 8 years experience, Ghana.
Congratulations on securing admission to an MBA program!
You want to transition from industry into consulting, which is a well-trodden path for MBAs: something like 25-30% of MBAs go into consulting post-MBA.
You are right to identify networking as key to a successful transition: through your networking you’ll gather information that will help you position yourself as a strong candidate. This is essential if you are to make the famed ‘triple-jump’ of industry, function, and location.