32 consulting firms attending UCL Management Consultancy Fair

02 October 2017 Consultancy.uk 6 min. read
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The 2017 edition of the UCL Management Consultancy Fair features some of the top employers from a range of consulting sectors including strategy, management, finance, IT and HR. This year, over 30 firms will be in attendance, with all ten of the world’s largest consultancies present.

Each year, University College London’s Careers service hosts an exhibition of the top employers in the consulting industry for students considering a career in the sector. The consultancies present will be recruiting for permanent graduate positions, as well as internships and placements in some cases. The 2017 UCL Management Consultancy Fair will take place on Wednesday 4th October, between the hours of 17:30 - 20:00, within within the North and South Cloisters of the university building.

The fair is primarily targeted at final year and penultimate year UCL students* as these are the crop of 2018 graduates who  will be able to take up such opportunities. However, students from other years are welcome to attend in order to research employers – even though there may not be structured programmes available for these students with all exhibitors.

32 consulting firms attending UCL Management Consultancy Fair

Alongside PwC, DeloitteEY and – three of the four largest global consulting firms – the event will be attended by several other members of the current top ten largest consultancies in the world. Strategy consultants Boston Consulting Group (BCG), technology giants IBM, and Accenture – who maintain their long-standing sponsorship of the Fair – also join the top-table firms vying for the next generation of graduate talent at the event.

Atos, which recently saw its revenues increase to €117 billion thanks to an aggressive expansion campaign, long-standing industry members Capgemini, who celebrate their 50th year in business this year, and PA Consulting, who are undergoing an expansion campaign in the Nordics, will be among the firms at the October event. They will be joined by Sia Partners, who recently launched an investment arm aimed at supporting start-ups.

FTI Consulting, who recently had 37 of their London-based experts recognised in the prestigious Who’s Who Legal listings, and Oliver Wyman, who earlier in the year supported the roll-out of the pro-free movement “We L.O.V.E Europe” project, will both be stationed on stalls either side of Mastercard-owned APT, a consultancy with offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Sydney, as well as London.

29 Consulting firms attending (UCL first 18)

Meanwhile, 2017 HealthInvestor award winners CIL, who triumphed in the transactional consultants category, will also be present. Capco, which recently returned to independence, L.E.K – a UK-origin management consultancy – and A.T. Kearney, who helped launch a new energy transition institute for UK renewables in 2017, will each be at the Fair.

A number of research and analytics firms are also in attendance, including Gallup, who are perhaps most famous for their electoral polling, but deliver analysis on societal attitudes across a broad spectrum of topics, and BluePrint Research Group, which focuses on business questions that help shape research firms. The Value Engineers, an expert in brand strategy, will particularly be looking for applicants for Graduate Marketing Analyst positions with the firm, while Gartner, who perform diverse market research from the state of the consulting market to the performance of the Indian technology economy, will also be present at the consultancy fair.

29 Consulting firms attending (UCL last 14)

Carnall Farrar, who offer a graduate scheme which, they state, sees the work conducted makes a direct impact on health and care in the UK, will also be at the Fair, along with sport-centred consultancy Portas, who assist clients with the impact of sport on broader society. Mu Sigma will be at UCL as well, as the world’s largest pure play big data decision sciences and support company bid to attract future graduates to their firm, alongside science application consultancy Newton Europe, whose website pledges graduates “structured, rapid career progression that involves taking responsibility early on”. Huron solutions partner, Pope Woodhead & Associates, will similarly host a stall.

Professional service firms Think Ahead – a mental health work recruitment agency, social work firm Frontline, which focuses on vulnerable children, and Teach First, which aims to channel new graduates into underprivileged schools for free teaching qualifications, will also attend. They will be joined by the recruitment services division of food industry group Restaurant Brands International, along with TARGETjobs’ Consulting arm, and the Civil Service Fast Stream – which aims to reach out to new talent to bolster the flagging ranks of the Civil Service, which has come under increasing strain thanks to new challenges such as the implementation of Brexit.

* The UCL Management Consultancy Fair is fully booked and a closed event open only to UCL students.

Related: Why strategy and management consulting are so popular among graduates.