Consultants offer skills in assessing and solving business problems on a wide range of topics at many different types of firms. Most PhDs apply to management consulting firms or technical consulting firms, hired either for specialist knowledge (in fields such as health care or finance) or for broader critical thinking abilities. While more STEM PhDs apply for these positions, humanities and social sciences PhDs can also be competitive with a basic quantitative skill set. Because the interview process is extensive and notoriously difficult, it is important to start preparing for the case interview format well in advance of application. For more details on this career path, see NCA's Industry page on Consulting

Career Exploration
(Year 1-2)
Core Competency Development
(Year 2-4)
Job Search
(Year 5+)

Various Career Panels and Speakers through TGS

One-on-One Appointments through NCA

Conduct an Informational Interview

Attend NU Club Events - especially ADCA

TGS Resources for New Students

NCA List of External Career Resources

NEXT Externship Program

Explore Versatile PhD


Fellowship in Leadership 

One-on-One Counseling and Consultation through Center of Leadership 

Management for Scientists and Engineers 

Speaking and Presenting

RSG Research Communication Program

CLIMB Communication Resources for Scientists

Advanced Professional and Presentation Skills for Graduate Students Seminar


New TA Conference 

New TA Conference Workshop Leader

Teaching Certificate Program

Graduate Teaching Fellows Program 

Writing and Research

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshops and Consultations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships

Dissertation Bootcamp

Ongoing Writing Workshops

Graduate Writing One-on-One Consultations

Kaplan Institute Affiliates Program

Kaplan Institute Research Workshops

Revisit Consulting Page on NCA Website

NCA and TGS Workshops on Cover Letters, etc.

Prepare for Interviews with NCA and Case Interviews with ADCA

Create a CareerCat Profile

One-on-One Appointments through NCA