Medical student wondering how to go about getting into consultancy

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Hey everyone. I've just graduated from the University of Oxford with a high 2.1 in Medical Sciences (BA). I'm 3 years into my course and there's 3 more years to go if I want to become a doctor, however, to be completely honest, I'm not passionate about medicine. I don't think I could put up with the long hours for little pay that comes with a career in medicine and so I want to take some time this Summer to explore my options.

One thing that keeps popping up in both discussions with friends and my own research is management consultancy, and the salary, prestige, and unique job opportunities offered in this field really appeal to me. However, I recognise that it's incredibly difficult to get into and so was wondering how I should go about this as a medical student. Does being a medical student put me at an advantage/disadvantage for consultancy firms? Will my motivations be questioned at interviews? What should my next steps be to find out more/make myself more qualified for this field?

It's worth noting that I'm going into the 4th year of medical school, and so I'm going to have very little holiday for internships and so I'm most interested in graduate career paths (I'm perfectly happy to drop out of medical school for a job offer, but more apprehensive about doing so for an internship). Any and all advice is appreciated )
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Hi I’m trying to do exactly the same thing, thanks for making this thread!

As far as I know its very achievable for medics to shift to management consultancy. Lots of transferable skills to market. Of course they will ask you about your motives but can prepare a good answer for that prior to any interviews (think like “why do you want to do medicine” style answers)

What management consultancy firms are you thinking of applying to?
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Unless you join a grad program your best bet is to go down the professional clinician route.

There are a lot of people that join with zero consulting experience but they have knowledge of the life science field, how to get drugs through trial etc and thats what health care consulting needs, core consulting skills are taught to them but most people in life sciences are often people that came from practise or just PHDs that went deep into a topic.

With this field your expertise in the field is far more valued than any consulting experience
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Hey everyone. I've just graduated from the University of Oxford with a high 2.1 in Medical Sciences (BA). I'm 3 years into my course and there's 3 more years to go if I want to become a doctor, however, to be completely honest, I'm not passionate about medicine. I don't think I could put up with the long hours for little pay that comes with a career in medicine and so I want to take some time this Summer to explore my options.

One thing that keeps popping up in both discussions with friends and my own research is management consultancy, and the salary, prestige, and unique job opportunities offered in this field really appeal to me. However, I recognise that it's incredibly difficult to get into and so was wondering how I should go about this as a medical student. Does being a medical student put me at an advantage/disadvantage for consultancy firms? Will my motivations be questioned at interviews? What should my next steps be to find out more/make myself more qualified for this field?

It's worth noting that I'm going into the 4th year of medical school, and so I'm going to have very little holiday for internships and so I'm most interested in graduate career paths (I'm perfectly happy to drop out of medical school for a job offer, but more apprehensive about doing so for an internship). Any and all advice is appreciated )
You would definitely have a good chance at the MBB firms which are the most prestigious below that you have firms like Oliver Wyman, LEK, Roland Berger, you then have the big 4/Accenture. At the big 4 there's the general grad scheme but they also have specialised offshoots like Monitor Deloitte, Pwc& etc. Most internships will likely convert to a full time offer so it's a good route in. With your university and degree they will see potential especially if you can relate the skills learnt studying medicine to working with large clients in consulting, you will have to complete a case study during the interview process where you can showcase this. Best of luck
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