Our Mission: To help Foster MBA students learn about, prepare for, and secure high quality career opportunities in consulting
Our Vision: To establish the Foster MBA program as a premier source of consulting talent on the West Coast
The Foster Consulting Society (FCS) is a student organization for Foster MBA students and with about 150 active members is the largest MBA club on campus. Over half of the full-time MBA students at Foster are members of the FCS. The FCS has found success in providing student members with invaluable professional and personal development. FCS has also provided employers an engaged and talented group of students from which to recruit and hire.
The FCS offers its student members 3 distinct value propositions:
1) Education: We strive to help our members learn what consulting is, the differences between various national and local consulting organizations, and what working in consulting is like.
2) Preparation: One of our club’s most valuable resources is providing members the opportunity to prepare and practice for case interviews. Almost all consulting firms and many other organizations use case interviews as an evaluative measure of how well applicants can think about business problems. We also provide members with training in how to be a successful consultant after they land an internship or full-time job.
3) Networking: We offer events throughout the year that are hosted by consulting firms or where current consultants are invited to join. Members are given the opportunity to network with Foster alumni and others working in consulting.
1) Consulting 101 and 102: These informative sessions help students understand what consulting is, the landscape of consulting, the different types of firms, and some recruiting tips.
2) 2nd-Year Panels: These panels offer students the opportunity to hear about the recruiting process and internship experiences of 2nd-year students who interned at a consulting firm over the previous summer.
3) Speakers: We bring in speakers who are either currently in senior roles at consulting firms or worked in consulting and left for other opportunities. These speakers give students the opportunity to hear about the experiences of someone who made consulting a career or used consulting to advance their careers in other industries.
4) Alumni Panels: Alumni are invited to come discuss what their everyday lives are like as consultants and what the interview process was like for them. These panels offer students the chance to have more intimate discussions with alumni in a less formal setting.
1) Group Case Interview Prep Sessions: In these sessions, students learn various frameworks and how to apply them to cases, learn how to approach market sizing problems, and go over practice cases.
2) Small-Group Case Interview Prep Sessions: In these sessions, students are offered the opportunity to practice real case interviews in small groups with a 2nd-year who is experienced in case interviews.
3) 1-on-1 Practice Case Interviews: Students have the chance to participate in a mock case interview with a 2nd-year who is experienced in case interviews and then offers direct and objective feedback to the interviewee.
4) Case Book: As members, students are given a case book which contains consulting firm overviews, industry overviews, a review of frameworks, and numerous practice cases with suggested solutions.
5) Other preparation opportunities: We hope to offer students chances to do mock case interviews with alumni that work at Seattle consulting firms. This will give students an invaluable experience of practicing with someone who knows what their firms expect from interviewees and can give great feedback.
1) Spring Social: This is Foster Consulting Society’s penultimate event of the year. Typically, this event is held at the prime location of the Columbia Tower Club in Downtown Seattle. Representatives, many of which are Foster alumni, from Seattle’s consulting firms are invited to interact with students over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
2) Alumni Networking Event: This event typically occurs in the Winter quarter and is held at the UW Club. It offers students the chance to network with Foster alumni in consulting and gives 1st years a great chance to meet and network with firms, especially as recruiting for internships gets into full swing.
3) Consulting Walks: We expect to offer 2-3 of these events during the school year. These events allow students to visit two consulting firms in one day. The students get a chance to see the firms’ offices and meet several current consultants along with learning more about the type of work performed by and the culture of each firm. Firms visited on past Consulting Walks include Accenture, ACME Business Consulting, Alvarez & Marsal, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, ECG Management Consultants, Hitachi, PwC, Slalom, and West Monroe Partners.
4) Other Firm Events: During the year, we reach out to consulting firms or they approach us to offer great events on campus or in their office. For example, in the past year we had a global consulting firm come in to offer students a case interview workshop and a local Seattle firm gave a small group of students the chance to visit their office for lunch and discuss a case that they have worked on.
5) Net Impact’s Service Corps: The Foster Consulting Society develops and maintains relationships with external consultants who mentor consulting teams working with social impact companies as a part of Net Impact’s Service Corps.