Career Insights into Management Consulting

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From Left: Nikhil Ati, Sundy Srinivasan, Pratish Kanani, Hari Govindahari, Harsh Kumar

HOUSTON: The forty professionals and students at the IITAGH event, “Career Insights – Management Consulting,” had gathered on Saturday, May 23, to listen to industry professionals answer questions about the industry.  This was another Career Insights series event hosted by the IIT Alumni of Greater Houston to help its members understand more about various careers, what it takes to move into the industry, and the skills required to succeed.

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Dean K. Ramesh addressing the audience

Hari Govindahari from The Boston Consulting Group, Nikhil Ati from McKinsey & Co. and Harsh Kumar with Strategy& (part of the PwC network) were part of the panel discussion that was moderated by Sundy Srinivasan.  The event was kicked off by Pratish Kanani, President of IITAGH.  Dean K. Ramesh with the Jones School of Business at Rice University then welcomed the panel and highlighted key areas where the university is making tremendous progress and has a great MBA program.

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Over the next two hours, the audience asked the panel various questions ranging from “Does one need an MBA to join a management consulting firm?” (Not necessarily – BCG, for example, has an active PhD recruiting) to “What type of work do you do as a management consultant?”  All three panelists had a background in engineering that they leveraged to move into the Management Consulting space.  Many of the audience members stayed on after the event to talk to the panelists and get their questions answered directly.

At the event closing, Kanani encouraged the group to visit the IITAGH website and sign up for upcoming events including the next in the series “Career Insights – Investment Banking & Private Equity” that will be held on August 22.
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