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3 Things You Won’t Hear Me Say

Over the past couple of years, there are a lot of phrases I’ve started to actively stop using at work.

Why?

As an ex-languages student, I believe that the language that we use builds the world around us; the way in which we speak defines the speaker.

Here are a couple of phrases that I’ve stopped using in professional contexts, why, and what I use instead.

Everyone is different, and there are exceptions, but I’ve found that this makes me feel more composed and confident.

If that makes sense?

Wanting to clarify understanding, actually makes me sound uncertain

Instead:

  • Would you like me to clarify any of the points I raised?
  • Any questions?
  • Does that seem like a logical approach?
  • Would you approach this differently?

No worries! / No problem! / It’s nothing!

Quick reaction, actually diminishes the work that I did do!

  • You’re welcome
  • I’m glad that it was useful
  • Happy to help
  • That’s great to hear

Sure, I can do that (when I can’t!)

I’ve learned the hard way that being overeager doesn’t overcome a lack of knowledge – raise issues early so that you can get the guidance that you need

  • I think we’d approach it like this – does that sound like a good place to start?
  • Could you walk me through what that would look like?
  • I have limited capacity at the moment – would this take priority over XYZ?

At first, this felt uncomfortable, but I’ve found that picking up these habits has improved my communication skills, and led to me being a better team member.

We’re all different – do you have any phrases or expressions which you’d add to this list?

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Politics to AI: My Pivot Into Tech

It’s coming up to a year since I graduated from UCL in the manic haze of Lockdown 1.

So, it feels poignant to have just been interviewed by my previous university about my journey into tech since graduating!

You can read the full interview below:

UCL Careers: Interview with an Alum – Isabel Scavetta and the ‘Career Pivot’

1. Since graduating from UCL, you’ve spoken about a “complete career pivot” and being “grateful for having to re-evaluate”. Can you tell us more about your career journey so far?

I’m currently known for my work in the technology field, especially around improving its accessibility and diversity, which feels ironic given that I come from a non-technical background!

During my studies at UCL, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduating. I did a couple of internships, attended a variety of careers-focused events and studied in both London and Seville. Through that time, I learned that I loved creative problem solving, teamwork and building solutions with real-world impact. I graduated in the pandemic summer so decided there was no time like the present to challenge myself to pursue my interest in tech.

What makes technology stand out for me is how I’m engaged by learning more. Many other industries have a slower pace of change whereas, for me, tech has only become more interesting as my journey has progressed.

So, I started coding with Code First Girls, studied for and passed several Microsoft qualifications, participated in technology conferences and Hackathon challenges, and reached out to women in the industry. Before long, my hard work started to pay off and I was able to use this experience to start giving back to others, achieving a Fellowship at Code First Girls, advisory position at Microsoft on their TechHer Student initiative, and an internship in Rolls-Royce’s Data & AI Hub (R2 Data Labs).

2. As a UCL graduate, BA European Social & Political Studies (ESPS), you have commented that your degree helps you “every day to quickly understand new concepts, communicate clearly, and draw connections across diverse subject areas”. Could you expand on this thought? What other transferable skills have your UCL experiences given you?

People often say to me that I’ve made an amazing transition from my undergraduate studies, but I think there’s lots of complementary elements between them. The main skill that ESPS taught me was the ability to pick up new concepts and develop an in-depth understanding of them in a very short period of time. In one degree, you could study across 9 different humanities departments, and in our first year, we had an exam covering all of them! This is vital in industries such as consulting and technology because you’re constantly introduced to disparate subjects and you need to try and figure out ways in which they are similar to things you’ve seen before, and also what differentiates them.

I was an active student at UCL, as I was involved in several societies, mentorship programmes and sports clubs. Balancing my various commitments and part-time work alongside my studies helped me to become proactive and self-organised, which has been helpful in my career so far.

Also, as a London based student I got the chance to go to some really brilliant networking events over the years and these taught me a lot about presentation skills, strategy, communication and clarity which have helped in developing my personal online presence and a compelling story as to why I could be a great leader in technology.

3. You recently taught yourself coding, and volunteered at the online project, Class of 2020. How have extra-curricular activities and voluntary experiences aided your career journey?

My voluntary work and extracurricular activities were essential to making the transition into technology, and “bridging the gap” between my degree and my interest.

To begin, they showed I had an active interest in this field, which gave me a lot of content to talk about at interviews. Furthermore, they helped me to expand my technical knowledge, which wasn’t something that I had the opportunity to do during my time at UCL.

One of the silver linings of the pandemic was that so many organisations made their online learning resources accessible and free to use, which was the purpose of the Class of 2020 project. I’ve written an article where I’ve listed some of my personal favourites.

4. You’re now undertaking a remote internship in Artificial Intelligence at Rolls Royce. What does a normal working day look like for you?

My time is primarily spread across two parts of the AI Hub. I’m interested in business and strategy, so I don’t actually code in my day job!

Firstly, I’m working on an innovation project where we are designing a new capability that has potential to disrupt the industries that we operate in. Secondly, I work to implement agile methodology on an AI-based project, where I liaise with my cross-functional team to ensure that what we’re building runs to our business objectives.

Due to this there’s no such thing as a typical working day for me, but often I will be conducting interviews with experts in AI across the field, ensuring that our data scientists in the UK and abroad are working collaboratively, resolving any impediments my team may face and contributing to group synthesis and design thinking workshops.

5. You’ve spoken candidly about overcoming “decision fatigue.” If you could give a UCL student any advice when thinking about future career planning, what would that be?

Some really good advice I was given was to work backwards when you think of career choices. So, rather than choosing a job you think you want and seeing if it fits, think about what lifestyle and experiences fit you, then see what jobs align with that.

For example, do you prefer to work independently or collaboratively? Do you enjoy more analytical or qualitative work?

This is a useful frame of reference because it’s something that you can map your existing experiences to, no matter how much or how little work experience you have.

When I first started my job search, I actually sat down and wrote out a map of everything I knew about myself in terms of what I was good at and what I wanted to develop. This is helpful because it helps you take a more open-minded approach to job hunting. I applied for a really wide variety of roles – some in strategy, research, tech, healthcare – but the constant was that I knew that this was the kind of work I would find engaging. Sometimes that meant I was applying for very different roles and very different Industries!

6. Did you make use of the services/events UCL Careers offer during your time here?

I booked a one-on-one UCL careers appointment in my final year, which was useful because it allowed me to articulate to someone new what kind of careers I was interested in, and why I wanted to pursue them. I think that was a really good exercise to start thinking about my job hunt and also not to feel like it was such a solo mission. It depends on what you’re interested in, but I know that UCL Careers do sector-specific career weeks etc. that a lot of my course-mates in the Politics department enjoyed.

7. What is on your bookshelf right now?

The book I tell everyone to read is Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, which is all about the implicit gender bias in data. It’s a harrowing but impactful read about the ways in which the systems we use can work against us, and a great first introduction to why an intersectional approach is necessary in technology (and other industries!) as we build for the future.

Source: UCL Careers: Interview with an Alum – Isabel Scavetta and the ‘Career Pivot’

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Why I’m Ignoring Negative Feedback

Honestly, I’ve been feeling anxious lately. Impostor syndrome is such a buzzword in this space that I’m not even going to use it!

The “post-university void”, as lovingly coined by my friends, is a bizarre place. Even more so when you graduated in a global pandemic.

Rather than being worried I don’t belong, it’s more of a challenge in having faith that I’m carving out the right career path for myself.

Something I’ve just started to build out, which has been really helpful, is a positive feedback document.

By contrast to my last post about rejection, this is a folder literally just of things that have gone well. The planned, the unexpected, the miraculous – it’s all coming together in one place.

Wait, why?

Don’t get me wrong, I love a learning opportunity. Constructive criticism has helped me to grow my skill set, and give me areas to work on.

However, especially amongst junior women, we have a tendency to overlook or discount our successes, and obsess on negative pieces of feedback. It can also be hard to stay grounded on what you’ve achieved, especially when everything moves at pace.

For this reason, in the short term, I’m putting my personal development goals to one side and reflecting upon what has gone well over the past year.

What does that look like?

My “counter-balance” GDoc has five columns – the positive feedback, who it was from, why they said it (aka the context), my thoughts, and when it was.

This helps me to reconnect with what I was doing at the same, remember that relationship, and reflect on how I helped others.

How has that helped?

First of all, it’s a great reminder that when I set my mind to it, I can do some pretty cool things!

It’s also a list of the brilliant people that I have worked with over the past few years, and helps show that I have more support than I think.

On a personal level, it’s helped me to see key themes across my feedback, and to identify my strengths.

For example, some recurring topics include:

  • Proactive and self-led approach to learning
  • Inclusive and warm leadership
  • Going above and beyond for others

Finally, it’s made me prioritise giving others positive feedback when I can, and ensuring that I show my appreciation when I notice someone do a great job.

Altogether, this has helped me to become more confident and self-aware, which puts me in a stronger position to learn from constructive feedback and learn new things.

Is this an exercise you’d try? If you’re curious about doing the same, feel free to drop me a message!

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Dear Sir/Madam: Please Reject This Application

Earlier this week, I had an interview for a volunteer role at an internationally-recognised social action group. I had some big ideas about how we could democratise tech education here in London, and work with others to achieve that.

It was a close call, but ultimately, they went with another candidate. Ouch.

However, what was most surprising to me were the reactions from my close friends.

You get rejections?

I get rejections all the time. I’ve got more “unfortunately” auto-filled templates in my inbox than I have Facebook friends.

I’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities in my early career. I’m active online, so these have ended up scattered all over the place.

I also like to be open about what I’m doing, because young women in particular struggle to speak up about their achievements and don’t post about them.

But let me say right now, it would be impossible without the flurry of rejections I get every month.

You name an email rejection softener, I’ve had it. Every time an email comes in, I get ready to scroll through the familiar words.

For example, people love the story of my transition into technology. However, as part of that process in late 2020, I received over 50 rejections for a variety of positions.

But even with this, I think that people understand that rejection is a key part of the graduate process.

So, beyond the job hunt, I’ve been turned down for:

  • Speaking engagements
  • Presentations
  • Flatshares
  • Volunteering roles
  • Tryouts
  • Universities
  • Courses
  • Awards

And that’s just off the top of my head…

It’s to the point that I could probably paper a wall or three, or give a compelling spoken word performance of the best one-liners.

Why am I sharing this?

  1. My social media presence has meant that I’ve helped 100+ individuals in their career journey, but I’ve found that I often won’t discuss the above until we’re on a one-on-one call. That seems ironic when it’s been such a huge part of my own journey to date.
  2. By and large, these decisions have helped me to become more resilient and less fearful!
  3. I want to keep myself accountable and normalise the process of “failure”.
  4. The flipside of these rejections are the opportunities I’ve had – if this helps someone else to go for it, it’s been worth my while!
  5. Rejection isn’t weakness or an assessment of worth. I’ve done some great things and can’t wait to see what’s next.

Ultimately, if I’m not being rejected, I’m not exploring outside of my comfort zone.

And if I’m not doing that, I could be overlooking a whole world of opportunities.

It’s taken a lot of work to cultivate this mindset, and it’s not a linear journey. Sometimes it’s tough, and I wonder what I’m doing most days. I also don’t trivialise the very real struggles that the job market and economy can present at the moment; this is a reflection on how missing opportunities has helped me to build stronger going forward.

So, with that in mind, I’m excited for my next rejection.

Looking forward to being the second-choice candidate again sometime soon!

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First Day…. Not in the Office? 3 Ways to Build Virtual Collaboration

A year ago, I never expected I’d be working in an AI Innovation department. But, I think that past me would’ve been even more surprised to find out that I’d be starting from my dining room table!

A month in, I’m getting used to balancing working from home during the pandemic. Here’s 3 of my top tips for communication and teamwork that I’ve learned from starting my new tech role remotely:

  1. My gold question for new connections: “What’s the best way to contact you?”. When you’re networking online, and meeting various people across the organisation, it’s important to remember that everyone has individual preferences. I’ve found it invaluable understanding the best way to communicate with different members of my team to ensure the most efficient and quick responses.
  2. Not everything needs to be a video call. Zoom fatigue is real. If you have opportunities in your day, depending on the situation, see if your coworker would be open to a regular phone call! After the first week, my mentor and I switched to having our weekly catch up over the phone, meaning we can get out for a walk whilst we discuss the week. This helps me to be more open and relaxed during the conversation, as well as adding some variety to my day!
  3. Don’t be afraid to schedule in time when you need it. Usually, you’ll have access to your colleagues’ calendars. In the office, if you were struggling, you’d give someone a tap on the shoulder. Working remotely can make support feel less accessible, so it’s important to be proactive about seeking guidance. It’s difficult for your team to know what your day looks like, so get into the habit of reaching out!

Any first role is already challenging, and it’s important to recognise your resilience and adaptability! Your team will also want you to feel comfortable and confident in your new role, so feel free to discuss the above when you’re onboarding. Good luck!

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BBC News Feature: My Journey into Tech

As a long-term BBC News reader, it was a surreal moment to start my everyday routine and find myself in featured in their latest Features & Analysis article!

Isabel Scavetta, aged 23 from Maidenhead, in Berkshire, has seen her expectations about jobs turned upside down. But not necessarily for the worst. “In some ways I’m strangely grateful for having to re-evaluate,” she says, describing a “complete career pivot”.

BBC News, March 2021

This was the result of a great interview I had two weeks ago, discussing my journey into tech: overcoming the upheaval of the pandemic, volunteering to democratise tech education, and landing my first full-time role in Artificial Intelligence at Rolls-Royce’s AI & Innovation Hub.

She taught herself coding and began volunteering work for an online project called Class of 2020, which provides free training for young graduates trying to get into work.

This has been an exceptionally difficult year for graduates. I have a lot to say around this topic, and my volunteering work at Microsoft, ClassOf2020 and Code First Girls is my small contribution to changing the way we think about entering the industry.

I run this blog to show that not only is it possible to enter tech, but also that transparency around careers and learning can be hugely beneficial. For example, I’ve referred at least 10+ people to begin their coding journeys themselves!

Curious to hear more? You can read the full article here!

Linkedin: Isabel Scavetta

@IsabelScavetta 

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Navigating a Man’s World: Tips for Female Grads in Male-Dominated Industries

After graduating, I completed a four month consultancy internship in the construction industry – not exactly famed for its high ratio of female employees!

Transitioning from psychology lecture halls filled with 90% women to boardrooms where I was the only woman took some adjusting to.

Here are some of my biggest lessons!

The minority effect

Research shows that we all feel less confident when we are the minority in the room- be that in terms of gender, race, or age. It is important to actively address this instinctive lack of confidence. I used to push myself by setting little targets- firstly it was just to speak up at least once every meeting I was in.

As I grew in confidence, my targets got harder: to challenge a solution that I didn’t agree with, or to put my own ideas forward. Soon I no longer had to build myself up before speaking in meetings – it came naturally!

Confident language

Women typically use less confident language than men in business settings. This sometimes reflects higher levels of self-doubt: research shows that in areas stereotypically seen as masculine, women are likely to under-estimate their ability, whilst men over-estimate.

Women’s use of more tentative language may also be driven by reinforced gender norms.  We’re socialised to believe that men should be assertive, whilst women should be polite and soft-spoken. This can lead to many women attempting to soften their points in order to not sound forceful. Unfortunately, this manner of speaking suggests uncertainty, and often undermines what you are trying to say.

Some phrases to work on eliminating include:

“Does that make sense?”

“I’m not sure though…”

“… but I don’t know.”

– 21 year old me, repeatedly, after making a cogent and valid point

Being interrupted.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that women are far more likely to be interrupted than men-especially in “male-dominated” environments. The culprits aren’t just men- with women also much more likely to interrupt other women than their male counter-parts.

So how should you react when you’re interrupted? The key is to strike a balance between remaining professional but assertive. Battle the instinct to ignore the interruption, to apologise, or to ask for permission to carry on (e.g.: “I’m sorry, can I continue?”). Instead, calmly point out that you had not finished talking.

For example:

There are just a few more points I would like to cover before we move on.

I’m sure your feedback will be extremely valuable, but I would like to finish my point first.

Female role models.

Ironically, one of the best parts of working in a male dominated industry was meeting some truly inspirational women along the way! On a practical level, they provided some great advice on navigating the challenges of working in a male dominated environment. On a more personal level, seeing these women excel in high level positions massively motivated me! Your company may have women’s groups that you can join. If not, LinkedIn is an amazing platform to use to connect with female mentors who are passionate about widening the accessibility of STEM careers. Just make sure to approach these conversations politely and tactfully, and understand that not every woman is going to want to talk about gender – and that’s ok!

I hope this has been helpful! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

– Kiera

Kiera Adams
Article guest-written by Kiera Adams

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Why Young Women Should Post on LinkedIn: An Anti-Cringe Crash Course

Isa, how do you even start to post on LinkedIn?

– too many people, to me, in weird and wonderful scenarios (including pre-Covid house parties..?)

Now, whether or not this is something I’m okay with being my core personality trait (unsure), there’s a lot to be said for getting your name out there, especially as a woman just starting out on the career ladder.

But, why should you post on LinkedIn?

Here’s a couple of reasons why I think posting on LinkedIn is a great thing for young women to do:
  • Updates your network (and potential interested parties) about what you’re up to. You never know who’s paying attention! A lot of my opportunities have come about because seeing a post of mine has encouraged someone to get in touch.
  • Normalises being proud of your achievements – something that women are statistically much less likely to do. However you dress it up, self-promotion is a part of career progression, and an important part of closing the pay gap. A disclaimer that posting on LinkedIn doesn’t need to come across as “bragging” or ego – you are in control of your words and what impact you want to make.
  • Helps to build your professional identity – for your career, but also for yourself. Writing about your lessons, goals and aspirations helps you to reflect on your progress and gain confidence in your own skill set and abilities.
  • Makes your LinkedIn more “human” and personal. I was nervous about posting about starting out coding, but have since had 10+ people in my network contact me to say they are starting to learn, based off of my content. Sometimes that personal connection is really important in giving others the confidence to try something new!

Sounds good? The next step is actually writing something.

I’m not a professional, but as we just said, hearing from someone you know can sometimes make all the difference!

Here’s my advice & experience:

  1. Get over yourself (..!) – no one is as invested as you are. The main roadblock for most people I have spoken with is the idea of judgement. Ironically, these same people themselves generally have a positive perception of others posting on LinkedIn. If other people can do it, so can you, and you have a lot to offer! It also gets easier the more you do it.
  2. Link to relevant organisations using @. This helps to increase the exposure of your article.
  3. Use relevant hashtags – but not too many. LinkedIn will often autosuggest hashtags dependent on what you’ve written. Use some of the most relevant ones to improve engagement but don’t #use so #many that your #post feels #artificial and #awkward.
  4. Bring out your personality. It’s cliche, but ultimately, we like to listen to stories and hear authenticity. Over-the-top clickbait or corporate content doesn’t tend to do well; your audience will be interested in you and how you’re doing!
  5. Photo content tends to perform better – especially if it has you in it. If you feel comfortable with this, it makes your post more personal.
  6. Keep it simple. Most of the time, your post doesn’t need to be incredibly long or complex. Think about what kinds of posts tend to grab your attention on LinkedIn, and where appropriate, mirror their length / content.
  7. Most importantly: create value. Whether this is what you learned, your story, giving thanks to others, an offer of help… think about how your post could help others around you. If you’ve have me on LinkedIn, you’ll notice that most of my posts include an offer that I’m more than happy to chat about the subject with anyone interested. You’d be surprised how many people take me up on it!

Here’s an example:

All together, that looks something like this ->

In this short post, you get an idea of where I’m at:

  • Developing my research skills, especially quantatitive data analysis
  • Working in a remote environment to achieve project goals
  • Positive experience at the Constitution Unit and grateful for their support
  • Looking forward to my next chapter at ClassOf2020

Feeling good?

We’ve covered why it’s a good idea to get comfortable with “self-promotion”, and how you might go about it.

This concept goes beyond LinkedIn, and I would encourage you do to further reading on why it’s important to own your achievements.

Got any questions? Drop me a message and let me know if I can help. And, if you’re ever feeling nervous, link me your post and I can show some support!

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My Cheat Sheet: Free Consulting Interview Prep

Welcome to a much-requested post… here’s my list of recommended consulting interview prep resources!

Everyone is on their own individual journey, and that the most important preparation you can do is to set yourself up in a way that helps you to become calm and confident in your own abilities.

Note: All the listed resources are free to access for students, and this is a dynamic list which I will continue to update.

Case Skills

Practice Cases

Interview Skills

Last update 17/09/2020

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10 Tips to Break into Consulting at Uni

With its fast-paced learning environment and its consultants cracking some of industry’s biggest challenges, it’s clear why consulting is a popular career destination amongst university students. However, it’s also notoriously hard to get into and competition is fierce.

This week, an incoming first-year on my UCL undergraduate degree reached out to me via LinkedIn to ask:

Can you give me some tips to get into the consulting industry?

We had a conversation about the ways in which proactive candidates can stand out in the consulting applicant pool, which served as a reminder that a few years ago I had barely heard of consulting myself.

Fast forward to now, as an applicant from a non-traditional background with experiences and insights at firms like McKinsey, BCG and Oliver Wyman, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned over the past 4 years.

Here are some of my key pieces of advice for breaking into the sector:

1. Gain leadership experience – for your application, but also for yourself. Leadership is not only a highly employable skill, but challenges and develops you in an unparalleled way to many other roles. I’m a great believer that the things you take on during university and beyond should serve you as much as it would serve a potential future employer. Think about what you’re passionate about and research organisations and groups where you could get involved. Paid or voluntary, huge- or small-scale, learning to work with others to deliver impact will help you in a consulting fit interview.

2. Evidence problem-solving / overcoming challenges. And, importantly, not necessarily just in a consulting environment! There’s a common misconception that consultancies are exclusively interested in your experiences solving consultancy-style issues. Any opportunity to discuss assessing situations and solving problems comes in handy; I often end up talking about my experiences in leading youth social action programmes.

3. Network with people at consulting firms to understand what the role is like and get advice. This could be an entire article in itself, but doing this will help you start to piece together the industry. There’s various ways to do this – lots of unis have an alumni network, you can reach out to people on Linkedin or you can see if firms you’re interested in have “About Consulting” resources on their website. No link to consulting at all? Wrong, you have me! I’m no expert but drop me a message and I’ll do my best to help you out.

4. Try to “level up” your involvement with the industry. Rather than starting totally cold, you can build a background of evidenced interest in the industry step-by-step. (For example, going to talks > getting onto insight days > a first year spring week programme > penultimate year summer internship)

5. Make the most of your university societies. Some student-run “careers” societies do an excellent job hosting a variety of talks and events about getting into industry. I’d recommend getting on the email lists/social media of a couple to start you off; these tend to be quite passive, low-commitment memberships, which mean you can just keep an eye out for their upcoming events etc. and apply for ones you’re interested in.

6. Understand what makes you different, and how to express your story. In recent years, companies are starting to recognise that a diversity of workforce leads to better business. Therefore, it’s less of a disadvantage than before to have a “non-traditional” background for consulting. However, the trick is understanding how to summarise and pitch yourself to others. I recently completed a short, free LinkedIn Learning course on this which broke down this process.

my university’s Business Society invited members to participate in the DECA Case Study competition in Canary Wharf

7. Get comfortable with case studies. If you make it to the consulting interview, chances are you’ll have to complete at least one case study interview. Case studies are simplified examples of business problems, which give you an opportunity to demonstrate the way you tackle problems. There are lots of free resources online about this – if you’re interested in a follow-up post of some of my favourites, just drop me a message.

8. Research different firms and approaches. It’s easy to homogenise “consulting” as one big job bracket, but the reality is that there is enormous diversity within the industry. By researching different organisations and their approaches, you’ll gain a better understanding of what parts of the consultancy industry interest you most.

Bright Network organised a Women in TEC Conference at Old Street

9. If applicable, get involved with events and networks aimed at underrepresented groups. The industry is changing, but the reality is that the majority of business leadership remains straight, white and male. To combat this, lots of consultancies have networks aimed at recruiting and retaining underrepresented talent (including but not limited to: women, BAME, LGBT, first generation). If you identify with an underrepresented group, I’d recommend that you search for the social media sites, newsletters and groups of these networks, as you may be eligible for additional events and opportunities to help counter this imbalance.

10. Gain experience in other sectors. It sounds bizarre to say “to break into one industry, try out another”, but consultants gain a breadth of experience across industries throughout their careers! Don’t be disheartened if you can’t gain direct consulting experience; most consulting firms acknowledge that it’s a difficult industry to get experience in, and are receptive to hearing about what you’ve learned and enjoyed in other areas.

Got any questions? As always, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch.

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