For Students

What is Enactus Warwick Consulting ?

  • Enactus Warwick Consulting is a student-led pro-bono consulting group which offers strategic advice to businesses, social enterprises and charities. We recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds and do not require business familiarity as we provide comprehensive training and support to all our students to fill any gaps in experience.
  • Importantly, we centre around using entrepreneurial action to create positive social change, selecting a portfolio of high-quality and highly-rewarding clients whose work and goals we deem to be socially impactful. As a result, we consult multifarious start-ups, local business and charities, and even large, international organisations, such as Global Dignity and the United Nations in previous years.
  • The work of Enactus Warwick Consulting closely models professional consultancy, offering our members an excellent experience.

Why join us?

Joining Enactus Warwick Consulting is an opportunity to gain consulting experience in real-world situations.

  • Interactive training by a longstanding partner, Bryan Thomas, who is a professional consultant and has invaluable advice on delivering a project successfully.
  • Training by EY consultants to maximise the impact of our recommendations
  • Wide network of past members of Enactus UK that can give support to our teams.
  • Targeted training for Team Leaders/Members by the exec.

Having the experience of Enactus helped many of our previous student’s employment to get into great companies such as Bain, Monitor Deloitte, HSBC, PA Consulting, EY and much more!

Our Partnership with EY

The EY Mentor and other support provided by EY delivers an immense amount of support tailored to every team. Each Enactus project is assigned a dedicated EY mentor who maintains regular contact with the team and provides their advice and perspective on the direction of the project.

Towards the end of the project, EY provides an apt means of project refinement and advice by inviting Enactus teams to the CBABs, normally held in their London offices. At the conclusion of the presentations, members receive an excellent chance to network with EY, learning more about the profession and how they can apply successfully to roles at the firm.

When Enactus Warwick Consulting projects launch, students are invited to a Kick-Off event hosted by EY, where EY associates provide early insight into what to expect from an Enactus Warwick Consulting project and consultancy in general.

From here, training sessions continue biweekly. All training sessions are supplemented by the active advice and support of the project’s Client Portfolio Manager, who carefully monitors the progression of student projects.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for driven, creative and committed students to provide solutions to our clients. We do not expect any prior consulting experience, students from all years and degrees are welcome. We recruit for the following two roles:


Team Leaders (Non First Years): Confident and determined individuals who are responsible for the successful delivery of the project. We are looking for students with some experience leading teams, but more importantly, ones that are passionate about our work and our clients. No particular background is required (training is provided).

Team Members: Thinkers and problem-solvers that are confident working within a multicultural team. People from any background are welcome, as we try to piece together teams to get a mix of courses and stages of study.

Application Process

Our application process consists of two stages:


Stage 1: Both Team Member and Team Leader candidates need to fill in our application form, with Team Leader candidates being required to upload a CV as well.

Stage 2: Team Leader candidates will go through individual interviews consisting of competency and motivational questions. Team Member applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre, where they will be asked to solve a case study with a team.

 

For any further queries do not hesitate to contact us at consulting@enactuswarwick.com!

What does an Enactus Consultancy project look like?

Enactus Warwick Consulting projects normally last for six months, starting in Week 6 of Term 1 and ending before the Easter Break, allowing students ample time to begin preparing for their examinations.

Every project is assigned a group of six students: one Team Leader and five Team Members. These students are charged with forming a relationship with the client, identifying their problem, and conducting appropriate analysis to provide them with a set of instantly implementable solutions, often on a strategic level.

Although each Enactus Warwick Consulting project will be different, there are normally three stages which each team undergoes.

Stage 1: Meeting the client, understanding the project and conducting preliminary research.
Stage 2: Presenting the preliminary research to the client, refining the project’s direction and conducting deeper research.
Stage 3: Formulating a set of recommendations for the client, seeking advice from EY Professionals at the Consulting Business Advisory Boards (CBABs) and polishing the final presentation or report before presenting it to the client.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

General Project Questions

Can I apply to a specific project?
It is not possible to apply to a specific project. However, you can indicate project preferences upon entering the second stage of recruitment, which will be taken into account when allocating successful applicants onto projects. Please note that we cannot guarantee you will get the project you want, but we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

 

What is the time commitment?
Time commitment varies greatly based on the stage of the project (e.g. you’ll be far busier just before the final presentation) as well as the nature of the project itself (some clients may be more demanding than others). Time management of the team also plays a key role in the actual necessary time commitment.
However, as a rough guideline, we expect Team Members to spend 5 hours a week and Team Leaders to spend 8 hours a week working on the consulting project.

 

Will I have time to study for my exams?
All our projects finish at the end of Term 2. This means that you will have the entire spring break and Term 3 to focus on your exams.

Eligibility

I am a postgraduate student. Can I apply for a Team Leader role?

Postgraduate students are invaluable members of each team, due to their depth of experience and subject-matter expertise. However, we know that taking on the Team Leader role as a postgraduate student is very challenging because the position requires a lot of time commitment. We urge PG students to seriously consider this when deciding for which role to apply.
That being said, if you are confident that you will be able to meet the requirements of the position, we welcome your application.

 

I am a first year student. Can I apply for a Team Leader role?

Unfortunately, we do not allow First Year students to apply for the Team Leader role. However, we encourage these students to apply for Team Member positions and progress to Team Leaders in their second year, after gaining valuable experience working within a consulting team.

 

I am a visiting/exchange student. Can I apply for Team Member or Team Leader?

Yes, we welcome applications from visiting/exchange students. However, we do require that you are at Warwick for the full year as our projects run over Terms 1 and 2.

 

Assessment Centre

I don’t have any business background so I am scared that I will do badly at the assessment centre…

We don’t look for business knowledge at the assessment centres, so a student from any background can do well. To be successful, you need to demonstrate an ability to work within a team and communicate your ideas effectively, as well as some basic business intuition.

 

I am a First Year student. I am scared I will do badly at the assessment centre compared to all those experiences postgrads…

When assessing candidates, we take into account the stage of their education and we adjust our expectations accordingly. As a result, we do not require a First Year to perform in the same way as a Postgraduate student, but we do look for the same set of basic skills (e.g. team-work and communication).

 

Do I need to prepare anything for the assessment centre?

No, you don’t need to prepare anything beforehand. You will receive all the relevant case study material on the day and will get time to go through it with your team to come up with a recommendation. Although familiarising yourself with general consulting case study formats will be helpful, the main skills assessed will be team-work and communication.

 

For any further queries do not hesitate to contact us at consulting@enactuswarwick.com!