Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
As a person who has made several career changes myself, I can relate to the simultaneous excitement and frustration you are going through. First, I recommend you to think about which types of internship you are looking for in a consultancy. As a teacher you do have A LOT of transferable skills and you should highlight that on your resume and cover letter, but also map the consultancies you are applying to. Most, if not all of them will have a training or leadership development unit within their organization. You will have an easier time of ‘getting your foot in the door’ to a consultancy on this side of the house. If you are able to land an internship there, it will allow you to network internally and prove your skills beyond training and teaching.
Second, look beyond just the big names in consulting. Some of your smaller, or local firms will take a chance and have a higher risk tolerance. You may also find you have less competition in those firms. That experience will then position you well for a larger firm after graduation.
And finally, do your research on LinkedIn. I am very confident you will be able to find current employees working at consulting firms that came from a teaching background like yourself. Connect and network with those that share a similar history and career trajectory, which will help you find advocates for you within the companies you are applying.
Best of luck!