Our 11th annual Tufts Consulting Networking Night, the largest consulting event of the year is this week. Here are key details about the event and 5 tips to help you prepare and make the most of this event.
- To connect with consultants and consulting firms
- Learn about the field of consulting, organizations, emerging trends and roles
- Explore consulting as a possible career path
- Strengthen and build confidence in communication and networking competencies
- Connect with others who are interested in the same career fields
- (Note: There is no need to bring a resume to this networking event)
5 Tips to Prepare & Make the Most of Consulting Networking Night:
1.) Prepare in advance by learning about what consulting firms do
2.) Research employers prior to the networking night
Take a look at the list of employers attending the event. Check out employer websites to learn about the individual firms, what consulting services they offer, if they specialize in any particular industries, and specific information about internship and job opportunities. You can also check Handshake to see if they have positions posted and the associated deadlines.
3.) During the event, take notes during the employer panel
We will start out with an employer panel with alumni representatives from 4 different firms. This will be your opportunity to learn about consulting as a career field, what types of projects and client work consultants are working on, how firms differ from each other, and what advice the alumni have for you as students interested in consulting as a career path. Taking notes will help you brainstorm questions to ask in the open networking portion of the event.
4.) Prepare a few questions to ask employers during open networking
During the networking portion of the event, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the employer representatives (many of whom will be Tufts alumni!). Try to brainstorm some specific questions in advance.
Here are a few sample questions to get you started:
- What does a typical workday look like for you?
- What do you love about your job? What do you find challenging?
- (For alumni) Were there any Tufts experiences that helped you prepare for what you do now?
- What should a student in my position do if I’d like to pursue a path similar to yours?
- What kinds of skills and experiences do employers in your line of work look for?
- Do you have any favorite case interview prep resources or strategies?
You may also have specific questions related to your own experience or major.
5.) Send thank you messages to company representatives
Some employer representatives will provide their contact information to students who have further questions after the event. If not, you likely will still be able to find their profiles on LinkedIn. You can send a professional “thank you” message to thank them for participating in the event and reference a specific anecdote or example from your conversation that you found particularly helpful. We have some general “thank you” messages for networking contacts on our website that you can edit to fit this occasion.
Please register for the Consulting Networking Night!