Consulting Workshop Series

This series, taught by Dr. Brendan Boler, is offered through 8 Sessions over the course of the academic year, 6 sessions in the fall semester and 2 sessions in the spring semester. It is designed to help PhD students and Postdocs gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for a consulting job. Trainees will learn a hypothesis-driven structured problem-solving approach used by many top strategy consulting firms and apply this approach to help improve their own skills in case interviewing. Students will also gain valuable experience with two important skills: data analytics for consulting using Excel, and storytelling for consulting using PowerPoint. Both of these skills are often tested as part of second-round job interviews and are key skills for success on the job. 

The course will require two deliverables (an Excel model and PowerPoint presentation), due by the 7th and 8th sessions. Students will have the time to complete the assignments during winter break. The assignments will each take about 6 hours of time, 12 hours total and are prerequisites for the PhD+ consulting credential. Upon successful completion (75% participation and assignment completion) of this series, PhD students are eligible for a non-credit credential on their academic transcript.





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