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M&T Recruiting in 30 Seconds: Bain & Company Associate

by Dylan Sun, M&T Class of 2016

by Dylan Sun, M&T Class of 2016

In this series, M&T seniors share their after graduation plans and tips for navigating on-campus recruiting (OCR). 

Name: Dylan Sun
Hometown: Califon, NJ
Major/Concentration(s): Management, Finance, Computer Science

Where will you be working after graduation and in what role?
I will be starting as an Associate Consultant in Bain & Company’s New York City office.

What made you want to work at Bain?
Knowing that I want to pursue a career in management, I wanted my first job to give me a diverse and challenging introduction to real-world business problems. I know that at Bain I will get just that. Bain is known for its data-driven and results-oriented MO. I found this no-nonsense approach very compelling as it ensures that Bain’s incentives are aligned with its customers’ for the long term. Perhaps most importantly, I had a chance to meet many of my future colleagues during the recruiting process and I grew to love Bain’s culture. Bainees invariably love their job and are passionate about solving the world’s difficult problems. It doesn’t hurt that they are super fun to be with as well.

How did your M&T experience prepare you for this role?
M&T and Penn have made me feel incredibly prepared. The Wharton curriculum has already exposed me to decision processes in management as well as the specifics of business operations such as accounting and finance. Simultaneously, studying CIS in Engineering has made me acutely aware of the technology landscape and, more fundamentally, taught me to systematically break complex problems into their component parts. M&T has allowed me to work in teams across a plethora of situations, giving me a complete set of qualitative and quantitative tools.

What are you most looking forward to about being a Bainee?
Honestly, I’m just looking forward to working with and learning from some amazing, brilliant people. That was one of the most rewarding aspects of Penn for me and I anticipate that it will be at Bain too.

What tips do you have for M&Ts going through the full-time recruiting process in the future?
First, pay no mind to what other people think of a job. It’s too easy to worry about whether other people will consider your job prestigious, but that mindset ignores your own needs, which are far more important.
Second, ask other M&Ts for help. When I decided to switch to consulting senior year, some of the best advice I got was from my M&T classmates who had interned in consulting the summer before.

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