The Boston University Consulting Group is hosting its sixth annual conference – the largest annual consulting event on campus – this Saturday at the Questrom School of Business. On the theme “The Consulting Lifecycle”, this one-day conference will feature an opening keynote, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, featuring professionals from top consulting firms. .
Open to all students of the BU, the event is aimed at networking young professionals and students wishing to know more.
Brandon Kasman, a senior at Questrom and president of BUCG, said the conference aims to “get [underclassmen] familiar with the world of consulting ”and“ offer the means to seniors and juniors looking for an internship or looking for a full-time opportunity to also network with these professionals ”.
Kasman said consultants are “the doctors of the business world” because they “solve business problems.”
Milan Cvijic, 2016 Questrom graduate and Head of Strategy and Consulting at Accenture, will be one of the conference speakers. He is a former BUCG student and attracted to the problem-solving aspect of the board.
“I have been working there for many years, but [it’s] very rare for me to say that two days are the same, ”Cvijic said in an interview. “Every day you have a different set of issues, customers are constantly changing and their businesses are changing… my intellectual curiosity certainly continues to be satisfied and challenged.”
June Lin, a senior executive at Questrom and executive vice president of BUCG, advises students from all academic backgrounds to explore the board.
“I would just encourage younger students who are not in business to pursue counseling as well if it is something they are even remotely interested in,” she said in an interview. “There is so much emphasis on diversity of thought in this industry.
The board attracts a variety of backgrounds, and Cvijic said a lot of learning happens on the job itself.
“They don’t necessarily expect you to come with tough skills,” Cvijic said. “You will be trained along the way, the general mentoring model in all of these companies exists for a reason and the goal is to educate young people new to consulting very quickly and give them a wide range of experiences that they can refer later. . “
It encourages students to network not only with professionals, but also with their peers.
“A lot of people think networking has to be an intimidating senior executive you’re going to talk to, it can be anyone you have a relationship with, and I would say, keep that in mind and invest your time in them. people you love to spend time with, “Cvijic said.” Often it will come back. “
The conference is one of the many opportunities for students to learn and grow. Lin said the counseling experiences so far have helped her immensely.
“I arrived in first grade very nervous and scared to speak in front of people,” Lin said. “I feel very comfortable speaking in front of people, and being able to think clearly when I’m under pressure has been a huge improvement for me.”
Kasman said the event would attract around 120 to 150 people, from alumni to college students.
“It has been fun planning. You connect with professionals and connect with old and very experienced people, ”he said. “It was a really fun experience for the team here at BUCG.”
Kasman said BUCG has “basically sold our tickets,” but hopes to get more students interested in business consulting through their club.
“It depends on how you approach learning,” Kasman said. “If you have an open mind and are coachable, you can go anywhere since you put a lot of work into it. “