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Interested in consulting but don't know where to start? Please read these FAQs before emailing us with questions.

What is consulting?
What does CGCC do?
When does CGCC meet?
What are the benefits of being a CGCC member?
How can I become a member of CGCC?
Why does CGCC have membership fees?
How do I manage my mailing list preferences?
How do I unsubscribe from the mailing list?
How can I practice cases?
Where can I find case practice materials?
Where can I learn more?
 

What is consulting?


Consultants are people who give advice in a specific field. There are many different types of consultants and consulting firms, such as financial, management, IT, and HR. Consultants are problem solvers who are able to identify areas of improvement in an organization and provide recommendations. Organizations and companies value consultants for their expertise and their ability to provide objective viewpoints when addressing challenging problems.

What does CGCC do?

The goal of CGCC is to help graduate students, post-docs, and alumni learn more about and prepare for careers in consulting. In addition to hosting case practices, CGCC also organizes recruiting events, workshops, panels, and other events that give our members opportunities to meet consultants, learn about the industry, and develop the skills needed to be consultants. Please refer to our calendar for when upcoming CGCC events will take place.

When does CGCC meet?

CGCC hosts a general meeting for all members once a semester and a holiday happy hour every year. These events give other CGCC members the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about the club. In addition, CGCC hosts regularly scheduled case practices. Please refer to our calendar for when upcoming CGCC events will take place.

What are the benefits of being a CGCC member?

CGCC members are given access to our bank of case interview practice materials. In addition, CGCC members are notified of member-exclusive events.

How can I become a member of CGCC?

We welcome members from all backgrounds, including advanced degree students (MA, PhD, JD, MD, etc), post-docs, alumni, and experienced professionals. Register here to become a member. There is a $25 membership fee for current Columbia University advanced degree students and postdocs. There is a $40 membership fee for Columbia alumni and a $50 membership fee for outside members. These fees help fund CGCC events and operations. If you are a current Columbia University advanced degree students and postdocs and are unable to pay membership fees, you may apply for a fee waiver.

Why does CGCC have membership fees?

CGCC membership fees go towards funding club operations and activities, including the CGCC case competition, consulting skills workshops, networking socials, and other events. These fees allow CGCC to offer reduced rates or free admission to all events.

How can I practice cases?

CGCC hosted case practices give members an opportunity to find case practice partners. Some case practices will have case leaders who will help introduce case interviews to newcomers. Please be sure to bring some cases,  paper and writing tools. If you would like to practice outside of CGCC case practices, you may also sign up on the CGCC spreadsheet to find partners who can practice with you during times that fit your schedule.

Where can I find case practice materials?

CGCC members have access to the CGCC case archive. To become a member, register here.

How do I manage my mailing list preferences?

You can manage your mailing list preferences using these instructions.

How do I unsubscribe from the mailing list?


If you would like to leave the mailing list because you found a job in consulting, please fill out this form for CGCC Alumni registration. This helps us track the club's progress and will help us develop an alumni network. You will not receive any unsolicited email from us. There is an option to unsubscribe using this form.
If you would like to unsubscribe from the mailing list because you are no longer interested in consulting or CGCC's activities, please follow the mailing list management instructions.

Where can I learn more?


There are many online resources to learn more about management consulting. Some popular sites include Victor Cheng's www.caseinterview.com, David Ohrvall's www.mbacase.com, www.masterthecase.com, and www.managementconsulted.com.


For more information or questions please contact the Columbia Graduate Consulting Club.

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