Name: Michael Im
Year Joined: 2018
Education: University of Michigan
What did you do prior to T&Co?
"I was a student at the University of Michigan business school. There I started my own consulting club with a good friend of mine helping small businesses grow their revenue. Outside of academics, I also participated in choir and improv comedy.”
What about T&Co made you want to apply?
"My friend from college who interned there told me it was a good company because of the intimate and friendly culture propagated by the firm’s small size. The work appeared to be very interesting since I was helping companies grow rather than justifying layoffs or production cuts like most other consulting jobs. It felt like the right mix of camaraderie and intellectual stimulation that I was looking for."
What advice would you give to a new consultant just starting at T&Co?
"There are two things I would recommend:
1. I follow an internal formula to track how well I performing at my job. “Quality = Skill – Ego”. If my skill increases (for example, I can now analyze more complex data or research more obscure market trends) or my ego decreases, then I always improve as both a consultant and an overall person. People often forget the ego side of this equation, which causes them to start acting on biases rather than the evidence while also making them worse to work with.
2. 80/20 as much as possible. If you try to be airtight on every assignment, then you are bound to work 100 hours a week. Always think to yourself, “what is the minimum amount of work I need to do in order to accomplish a given objective.” Knowing how to do this effectively makes work/life balance much easier while also preparing you on becoming a manager.”