Key Consulting Skills

Management consulting is fairly flexible when it comes to academic major(s) and internship/extracurricular experiences. Students from the College of Arts & Letters, Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science have all been successful in the consulting recruitment process. The key to many of these success stories was the development of key consulting skills. The list below demonstrates several of the core skills that consulting firms seek in candidates. You may consider this list to be a guide as you're continuing to gain experiences to strengthen your application for consulting roles in the future.

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Entrepreneurial drive
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Time management
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Communication skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Public speaking/ presentation skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Persuasion skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Confidence
  • Ambition/work ethic