Taking the Leap: From Consultant to Startup Star

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Class

Taking the Leap: From Consultant to Startup Star

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Class

About this class

Are you working in consulting and intrigued by the idea of joining a startup? You’re not alone: the consultant-to-startup transition is quickly becoming one of the most popular career paths, and there’s good reasons for that.

Consultants are equipped with much of the right skills to be successful in the startup world: adaptability, taking on many roles, learning quickly, and focusing on customer needs. Yet, there are also many differences and misconceptions: the consulting culture and the startup culture are very different, and many of the “best practices” of consulting, such as frameworks and PowerPoint decks, don’t amount to much at a startup.

This class will give students the confidence and tools to approach a potential career transition. It will demystify a startup career as seen from the lens of a management consultant, and will help you understand whether this is a good fit for you personally. Additionally, it will equip you with the resources and roadmap to pursue this transition in a way that is least risky and most informed.

Takeaways

  • Contextual understanding of the similarities and differences of working in consulting vs. in the startup world
  • Analysis of the types of startups and their hiring practices
  • Exploration into your fit with the startup world: in terms of hard skills, soft skills, and personality match
  • Identification of personal next steps in approaching the career transition
  • Equipment with a curated list of resources to guide the process

Prereqs & Preparation

None. Please bring note-taking materials.

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