thewaves wrote:Apologies if you went over this stuff, you can just re-quote it.
1. What made you choose law school over business school if you were coming from a F500? Do you feel that the degree was worth it for you given the fact that you could have received an MBA in 2 years? Was there any advantage in going to law school over business school for you?
2. You mentioned you're not sure what you want to do after MBB. How does consulting fit into your lifestyle-longterm goals? I mean more general mushy stuff like work/life balance and maintaining a relationship. I doubt the hours are any better or worse than Biglaw, but traveling would seem to put a big damper on your social life. Perhaps you can't answer these questions now, but I get the sense that consulting is a lot of lonely traveling, and when it's not, it's socializing/being stuck in the same room with your team for endless hours at a time. You better like the people you're with.
These conceptions and criticisms aren't to say Biglaw is a better alternative.
1) In my case, I had access to some need-based aid because I come from a low-income family and I am below the age where they stop counting family income. As a result, cost-wise law school v. a few years work exp then business school came out a wash for me. I also don't mind "giving up" a year of my life. While not a particular fan of law school, I love living student life.
I will say, however, I didn't anticipate how bad of a personality fit I am for law school. Law school is very "question-oriented" while I, and most people who would enjoy consulting, am very "solution-oriented." So for me interesting questions were just potential for interesting solutions while law students and professors tend to find value in the interesting question itself.
2) Great question. Almost everyone has to deal with the lifestyle/relationship question. Me and my SO have had several discussions and I'm honestly not sure how it will work out. It can be disastrous if your SO isn't the same kind of high-performer career-oriented person that you are at this point in life. You also have to get used to spending a lot of time with team-members. Plus side is that you rotate teams a lot and can get a feel for team leaders you enjoy working with and kind of stick with them. If you are an introvert you can be successful but I seriously would recommend thinking hard before doing consulting.