Good thread, interesting to hear the experiences of people in the MBB world and on that level. I've taken a different route to this, background in corp law, a short stint in fixed income trading, then wound up in consulting basically because of an interest in technology. Had some MBB interviews when I made the switch but nothing worked out. I realized there was a niche doing business requirements for financial systems, no one wants to do that stuff (just trading & risk, no ERP). Got into some major banks and now a commodities / agribusiness corporate on the backs of solution providers, then looked for opportunities to upsell from the inside. So the people I worked for were IT but I was positioned as the bridge to the business. It has not been the ideal strategy but has actually worked out to some extent. Current client is a major commodities trading house. I've worked for this client going on four years, first through a solution provider on a risk implementation, then independently on an ocean freight trading system. This week had a proposal accepted going toward some higher value-add stuff, includes risk measures and strategy, process, governance etc. So still sitting down in IT but trying to work my way a bit up the value chain. My rates are not the greatest (mid one hundreds) but it's enough for an OK living as an independent since I bill full time.
Just felt like putting this out there. I don't really have consulting colleagues on my level and I miss that. Mostly hang out with the IT consultants at work who are very smart people but a different view of the world. Any comments from AF & others welcome.