What is The Student Consultancy?
A chance for you to gain hands-on project experience. You’ll work in a team on a project that’s important to the client organisation: examples include understanding what their customers value, ideas on increasing sales or how to secure future funding for a charity.
As part of a project team you will define the workload and how it is shared. Typically, the commitment for participants is around 3 hours per week for project work though can fluctuate as the project progresses.
We do not accept applications from students at the Said Business School. Visiting Students or those who have previously participated will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to demand and spaces available on the programme.
What will I get out of it?
An opportunity to explore consultancy as well as real world experience of how our client organisations approach challenges and change. You’ll work on an interesting client project and have a chance to contribute to the local community.
You’ll learn valuable skills and gain experience that will help you demonstrate your capability and potential to employers. The experience will help boost your transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving as well as business awareness.
Previous participants say they have enjoyed working in their team and meeting others from across the University.
How does it work?
Everything is designed to give you a new experience and an opportunity to learn. We run the programme every term with the project work wrapped up in Week 8.
In Week 0 we select participants for the programme at an Assessment Centre. Successful applicants are then invited to two training sessions in Week 1 when we prepare everyone for the consulting work. Over the two training sessions you will learn invaluable consulting skills such as client interview techniques and report writing.
We will place you in a project team and the work usually starts in Week 2 when you meet your client: you and your team take it from there and we provide support as things progress.
What are you looking for at the Assessment Centre?
At the Assessment Centre there is a group exercise after which you will be asked to make a short presentation on the findings from the group work. Each applicant will present for up to one minute.
We are looking for transferrable skills and positive behaviours: these include working in a team, problem solving and communication as well as drive and interest. We are looking for participants who are likely to make the most of the programme experience.
Who might I work with?
We attract new clients as the reputation of the programme spreads and 90% of our clients come back for more, often several times.
Previous clients include: Oxwash, IBM, Bongo IT, Modern Art Oxford, Oxfam, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Library Services, Pegasus Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre.
Does it matter what subject I’m studying or what year I am in?
No, all are welcome! Our applicants are usually exploring their careers options or wish to try something different. We deliberately mix up people in our project teams for a wider perspective on the client challenge.
Do I have to be interested in management consultancy? (Or do I need to know what I want to do yet?)
No, for those interested in consultancy it’s an opportunity to try it out. For others it’s an opportunity to explore their career options.
You will boost your transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving as well as business awareness. This will be helpful across a range of future careers.
What will it cost me?
There is no cost to you for taking part. We will reimburse reasonable expenses.
If you have any queries regarding the programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.