Most of undergraduates student in Malaysia particularly engineering graduates do not really aware what is management consultant. Most of them are really concern about getting an excellent career path into an Oil & Gas sector, primarily like 7 Sisters and Supermajors. These days, almost none of any employment does not last long. With the emergence of Industrial Revolutions 4.0, most likely conventional employment or sector may be diminished.
What is a Management Consultant?
Basically, management consultants (sometimes also called as strategy consultants) refers both to the practice of helping a company to improve performance through analysis of existing business problems and development of future plans. Management consultants generally bring formal frameworks or methodologies to identify problems or suggest more effective or efficient ways of performing business tasks 
The first pure management consultants company was McKinsey & Company. McKinsey was founded in Chicago during 1926 by James O. McKinsey, but the modern McKinsey was shaped by Marvin Bower, who believed that management consultancies should adhere to the same high professional standards as lawyers and doctors
McKinsey is credited with being the first to hire newly minted MBAs from top schools to staff its projects versus hiring older industry personnel. After World War II, a number of new management consultants firms were formed, most notably the The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Founded in 1963, which brought a rigorous analytical approach to the study of management and strategy. They are strong on strategy focus.
Top Management Consultant in the world
Among Management Consultant industry, they are used to the terms of MBB or Big 3 . Please do not confuse yourself with the Big 4 whereas it used to make a reference to most notable companies in Auditing or Accounting. So who are they?
- McKinsey & Company
- The Boston Consulting Group
- Bain & Company
Other than aforementioned list, there are quite a number to choose from. For an example companies  involved in respective niche area such as:
How to penetrate into Management Consultant firm?
Typically they will have some sort of preference for tertiary education. Ivy league universities  are among the pool of talents that they are looking for. MBA graduates from these universities are notoriously known for having the brain and capability to deliver strategic planning. For instance:
- The Wharton School in University of Pennsylvania
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- London Business School
- The London School of Economics & Political Science
- Monash University
- University College London
- Imperial College London
Although your are graduating in non-MBA program, you may stil have the opportunity to be part of the Brainy Brain network with the following courses:
- Political Science
Desired skills to have
There are abundance of attributes and skills are they looking for. The list is not exhaustive but are essentials to have as follows:
- Intellectual curiousity
- Problem solving
- Result delivery
These skills are conform to Engineers personality! Like Victor Cheng  quotation as below in his book.
How about the elegibility of Malaysia’s university?
Although their preference is to have international exposure since advising top executive require someone with the ability to converse fluently in English. This does not put local public or private universities out of track! You MUST have very strong CL and CV on why you are so eager to join them.
- INSEAD Consulting Club Handbook 2011
- To the brainy, the spoils – Management consulting, May 2013
- The Best Management Consulting Firms 2018
- Various sources on LinkedIn
- Case Interview Secrets, Victor Cheng