Consulting

Consultants are in the business of providing expert advice to other professionals. Think of them as skilled problem solvers who can provide an objective perspective or specialized knowledge that is lacking inside a company. Organizations across all industries and sectors rely on consultants to provide expertise to help them maximize their profitability or effectiveness and keep them running smoothly.  There are many overlapping areas in the consulting industry.  Some firms specialize in one area such as defense, health care, education, environment, telecommunications, or engineering while others have departments for a variety of fields.

When most people use the word consulting, they are referring to management or business consulting. Large consulting firms such as McKinsey, Bain, Boston Consulting Group help organizations improve their structure, management, profitability, and assist in the development of strategies for short- and long-term growth. Each year Yale hosts representatives from many types of consulting firms who seek talent from diverse backgrounds including social sciences, humanities, and STEM fields. Read on to learn more about the various types of consulting firms, the breadth of roles that are available, and how to assess whether a consulting career is right for you.

Four Common Consulting Specialties

The four most popular consulting specialties are management/strategy, financial, information technology, and human resources/staffing. Large, one-stop shops offer advisory services in these and other specialties. Boutique consulting firms support their clients with highly specialized expertise and focus on a smaller number of industries (government, non-profit, energy, life sciences, technology), functions (mergers and acquisitions, economics, litigation), or methodologies.

4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium

4th Annual Yale Postdoc Symposium

We invite you to the 4th Annual Postdoc Symposium to be held ONLINE on Tuesday, June 15th, and on Thursday, June 17th, 2021. The symposium welcomes Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists (ARS) from all departments and fields of research to …

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Graduate Students & Postdocs – Get to know McKinsey’s Japan Offices

Graduate Students & Postdocs - Get to know McKinsey's Japan Offices

Are you an APD student interested in getting to know McKinsey’s Japan offices? Sign up for our upcoming session below!

McKinsey & Company’s Japan Office includes two locations; Tokyo and Kansai, which will host a webinar for Advanced Professional Degree …

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Graduate Students & Postdocs – Get to know McKinsey’s Greater China Offices

Graduate Students & Postdocs - Get to know McKinsey's Greater China Offices

Are you an APD student interested in getting to know McKinsey’s Greater China offices? Sign up for one of our 3 sessions below!
At McKinsey in Greater China we are dedicated to helping industry shapers, innovators, and entrepreneurs take their …

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McKinsey & Company: Insight 2021 – Apply by March 28th!

McKinsey & Company: Insight 2021 - Apply by March 28th!

For students with advanced professional degrees, come see what it’s like to work in management consulting at one of our one-day workshops this May. Immersive exercises and learning will give you an insider’s look into an exciting and rewarding career …

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Link to L.E.K. PhD/MD Program 2021: Apply by April 4th!

Link to L.E.K. PhD/MD Program 2021: Apply by April 4th!

Date: June 3-4, 2021

Apply by: April 4, 2021

Link to L.E.K. is an immersive 2-day program designed to provide participants with an in depth view of life sciences strategy consulting and more specifically, the Life Sciences Specialist role. This …

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