We spoke to Rajan to find out how he made a tough career decision while studying for his final Economics exams at Warwick.
I knew I wanted to go into Consultancy long term while interning with a leading firm in London - I actually secured a graduate role offer from them during the internship. However I still applied for graduate schemes with other big consultancies because they had such great reputations.
During a university careers fair, I spoke to various consultants and they had all previously worked at L.E.K. Consulting. We chatted at length about the firm and I discovered what life was really like at L.E.K. I decided to apply for a graduate role with them and was thrilled to be successful.
As I'd previously been offered a place elsewhere, I had a fair amount of decision-making to do. I discussed my options with people with a lot more insight and experience, such as my boss during my internship and other consultancy representatives, and they helped me decide to pursue the opportunity with L.E.K.
During this time, I made sure I kept in communication with both L.E.K. and the other consultancy who'd offered me a role. I wanted to ensure there was no misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the situation.
Practice makes perfect
I felt far more confident applying for the graduate role with L.E.K. because I'd had such a great experience during my internship. I knew what I was doing when I was applying and I had some solid experience to talk about at interview.
Unlike when I was looking for internships, I only applied for a graduate role with four different firms - quality over quantity. Given how busy my final year is with revision and exams, it made it much easier to get applications in early so that I could spend the rest of my time focusing on my studies – and I guess this approach worked!
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