Formerly an NFL football player, Jason came to Booth eager to pursue a career in consulting. He commends the flexible curriculum, career services, and alumni network as essential resources in his promising transition.
I’ve been surprised by a number of my classmates’ backgrounds, ranging from a former-pro-volleyball-player-turned-accountant to people who ran campaigns for high-level GOP and Democratic candidates in the White House, Congress, and Senate. But what’s most surprising is the number of people who are interested in social impact work. Both professors and students aim to maximize social value in everything they do. Where I thought I would be leading the charge, I found myself catching up with the level of passion and commitment that people have to social callings here at Booth.
The alumni connections were absolutely invaluable in the recruiting process for me. I come from a nonbusiness background, and I took the bold step to pursue strategy consulting, a field where experience is a premium and polish is a premium, and I certainly didn’t have either of those at the beginning of the recruiting process.
But, I found that the Booth alumni were so willing to help. They bombarded me with emails, phone calls, training sessions, and case preparations. They connected me with other people in the offices of interest to me, connected me with people who shared my particular sector interest and who worked in the social sectors at these different consulting firms.
These are alumni whose professional experiences range from Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company to nonprofits like Mission Measurement, and everywhere in between. Because of this support, I was able to land an amazing internship that I never would have been able to touch without their help.
I can be succinct in my praise of Career Services and say this: they took a professional football player with no business experience and landed him at McKinsey & Company for the summer. They strike the right balance between challenging you and allowing you to take your own feedback and self direct your career search process.
For me, they really pushed me in one crucial area. My resume was a joke and might as well have been written in crayon. Not only did Career Services help me polish a resume that interested firms like McKinsey, but they gave me a level of expertise in drafting resumes that I now use to help friends who are also making the transition from the NFL and from other graduate programs to a new career.