Over 80% B-School students prefer consulting as career: Survey

MBA

Eight out of every ten students in Indian business schools want to take consulting as a career, says a survey by IT major TCS.

According to the survey carried out by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in collaboration with the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF), over 80 per cent of MBA students across age groups, gender, and with different levels of experience want to pursue a career in consulting. According to the study, 52 per cent of the respondents are of the opinion that consulting companies provide global engagement opportunities.

Moreover, around 28 per cent of students view consulting as a potential long-term career and 30 per cent view it as a stepping stone to leadership positions in industry outside consulting.

"We spend a lot of time in the US thinking about ways to make consulting more interesting to women as a profession so it's heartening to see that according to the results of the survey Indian women view it as a very attractive career option," AMCF President and CEO John F Furth said.

The online survey carried out during November-December 2012, was completed by 979 students from India's top 10 B-schools found that Indian B-School students are more likely to choose consulting if an internship is offered by consulting companies.

Excellent mentoring programmes also attract students to consulting, it added.

"The insights from this study will be invaluable in helping the consulting profession increase its appeal to high-caliber MBA students in India, an important source of global talent," TCS' Global Consulting Practice EVP and Head J Rajagopal said.

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