Updated: Jul 7, 2021
The warm summer months provide opportunities of relaxation, growth, and time to tap into personal and professional development.
With an abundance of content available online, the Schulich Consulting Club (SCC) has compiled a thorough yet simple list of resources to aid with consulting recruitment, professional development, and provide a glimpse into the consulting industry and lifestyle. SCC’s Summer Resource List consists of consulting-oriented YouTube channels, books, news outlets, email subscriptions, and podcasts to keep you busy this season!
Run by Change Management Consultant, Kristina Choi, this channel focuses on all things career, lifestyle, NYC, and travel. Kchoi has released a number of videos about the consulting industry, what a day in the life of a consultant entails, professional advice, and career interviews with corporate professionals.
2. Steph & Den:
Steph & Den are Toronto-based consultants working in strategy and human capital. From the benefits and skills needed for consulting, to managing money and investing, this channel has something for all aspiring business professionals. In addition to providing career advice, budget templates, and interview questions, Steph & Den also offer free resume reviews!
Case Prep YouTube Channels
Former McKinsey consultant and current career coach, Victor Cheng, takes viewers through the case interview process in a detailed and easy-to-follow structure. If you are looking to learn about how to navigate case interviews, this is a great place to start.
2. MConsulting Prep:
MConsulting Prep is home to a wealth of videos led by experienced consultant Kim Tran, highlighting various aspects of consulting case interviews. Whether you are looking for quick lessons on market sizing, case interview frameworks, or consulting culture, this channel has it all!
1. Bulletproof Problem Solving by Charles Conn and Robert McLean
One of the most important skills that sets apart an average consultant from a great consultant is problem-solving. Written by former McKinsey consultants, Bulletproof Problem Solving covers a 7-step approach to solving complex problems in a visual and logical format. This book is an incredible resource that can be applied to business and decision-making.
2. Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation by Marc Cosentino
Case in Point is an extensive guide that walks readers through the consulting case interview. Used by many consultants across the globe, this book provides insight on how to approach a case, case examples, exercises, and solutions that can help differentiate consulting candidates.
3. Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Jacob Goldenberg and Drew Boyd
When one hears the phrase “think outside the box,” they often associate it with creativity. This book demonstrates the impact of thinking “inside the box,” through Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), which connects creativity to corporate culture. This technique is used by many industry leaders including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and General Electric to innovatively solve problems even before they develop.
News Outlets & Email Subscriptions
Start your day off right by reading Bloomberg’s roundup of the 5 most important business and news stories. As a consultant, staying updated on current events is key to success and this email subscription will be sure to keep you informed.
2. Morning Brew:
The Morning Brew newsletter provides a 5-minute read of interesting stories in the business world including financial market insights and news coverage from various industries. You will also find consumer trends and entertaining content that will truly keep you intrigued.
The New York Times Morning Newsletter is a succinct summary of the world’s top news stories, perfect for those looking for a 15-minute read. In addition to engaging business news, this newsletter includes links to articles, and a daily puzzle to start the day.
The Globe and Mail is an all-in-one resource hub of Canadian news, covering aspects of the social, political, cultural, and financial environment. With newsletter subscriptions of morning and evening updates, breaking news, and a number of business newsletters, you can keep up-to-date by simply checking your email. As a Schulich student you have free access to this wonderful resource!
The Consulting Success Podcast is hosted by Michael Zipursky, an entrepreneur and the CEO of the consulting learning platform, Consulting Success. Through interviews with experienced consultants, strategies on effective leadership, and professional development tips, this podcast will leave you feeling inspired.
The Strategy Skills Podcast discusses techniques and skills used for problem-solving from the perspective of McKinsey, Bain, and BCG consultants. With episodes ranging from as little as 6 minutes to as long as 91 minutes, there is something for everyone.
The Craft of Consulting is the podcast channel for all things personal development, and skill-building to prepare aspiring consultants. From episodes on common consultant mistakes and enhancing productivity, to interviewing other consultants, this podcast aims to help viewers succeed and live a balanced life.
The SCC Executive Team hopes that you find value in this Summer Resource List and are able to sit back, enjoy these insights, and learn something new. Stay tuned for more SCC curated resources, events, and the Elevate mentorship program launching later this summer!