Interning at Bain as a Part-time Assistant was definitely a good start for me to learn about the consulting industry. Being able to assist in a real-life case for a big-name client, even by doing some trivial work (e.g. researching, data organizing, taking notes for expert interviews), gave me a real look into the consulting industry. The work that I did was to generate the data that consultants base their conclusions on. Working alongside these brilliant people taught me how to think like a consultant. And the experience really showed me what a consultant does in real life and helped me determine whether or not to continue pursuing a career in consulting. Meanwhile, by doing these seemingly trivial work for them, I managed to learn a number of ways to gather market information using different databases in the process and some Excel skills. Definitely some "hard skills" that I will be able to use no matter what I do as a career in the future.
By working at Bain, I was exposed to various aspects of business. Through my time with the company, I was encouraged to continue my education and go back to school. I now attend Wharton where I am pursuing my MBA.