There is no specific background, major, or personality profile that predicts success in consulting. Some of our members have consulting experience prior to joining, while many have no formal experience in the business world. You don't need to be a business major to apply, our member's study subjects ranging from Spanish Literature and Molecular & Cell Biology to Applied Mathematics and Environmental Economics & Policy. Your potential as a consultant can shine through whether you've been a part of student government, achieved academic honors, managed a complex project at work, rallied support for a cause that's important to you, led a fraternity, or captained a sports team. These are just a few of the countless experiences your unique background could bring to the table.
Our approach to selecting new members is based on our commitment to providing the highest-quality consulting services to our clients. Every member is involved in high-stakes work: we help low-income and minority small business owners achieve sustainable financial success so they can expand their life opportunities. We look to invite only the most exceptional individuals who are passionate about using business to help others. We've found that our best consultants frequently excel in the following:
The ability to lead others and foster productive teamwork is critical to success in any organization. We seek people with demonstrated leadership abilities and superior interpersonal skills that allow them to bring others together and drive positive change in our client's businesses, and lives.
It requires tremendous energy and determination to deliver consistent & lasting impact when working with multiple stakeholders under tight deadlines. Our members must persevere in the face of all challenges, adapt to changing environments, and do whatever it takes to help our clients succeed.
We are looking for people who want to change the world. Our members have a deep belief in the potential of our clients. We respect all individuals' diverse experiences and backgrounds, which allows us to effectively build trusting relationships and enlist our client's participation and support.
Our members must have excellent critical thinking skills and a practical sense of what works in complex organizations. The ability to accurately link cause and effect and to generate relevant solutions to unique problems is necessary to help our client's solve their toughest and most urgent challenges
"During my engagement, I worked hand in hand with a small business owner and got to really understand the challenges his business faced. It was incredible to help someone else in such a meaningful way, while also learning about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start your own venture."
- Jason Y. | University of California, Berkeley '13