The Youth Panel

Why we set up the Youth Panel

We set up the Youth Panel in 2018 for two reasons:

  1. We believe our clients, and we as Q5, should be thinking about our future workforce, and our future customers – what drives and motivates them, and what they want from the world of work. Through the Youth Panel we engage with a driven, inspiring group of 15-18 year olds every year, to understand their expectations for their future careers, workplaces and the brands they consume.
  2. We want to give young people a chance to engage with and learn about the management consulting industry. The Youth Panel is an exciting opportunity for young people to gain experience of a fast-paced dynamic workplace, to learn about our business, and to meet and collaborate with peers from around the UK.

How it works

Every summer, we run an application process open to all 15 to 18 year-olds in the UK. From the applicants, we draw a panel of up to 14 young people who convene four times a year at our London office (we cover travel costs) or virtually. We run these meetings as workshops, using experiential learning techniques and facilitated sessions to simulate a day in the life of a management consultant and delve into their opinions and thoughts on the world of work. Sometimes we pose specific client dilemmas to the group, when our clients want a younger perspective.

The outcome

From the panel we generate rich qualitative insights about what young people want from their future workplace, which adds depth and rigour to the thinking and advice we provide to clients. Themes like working in a diverse organisation, the importance of purpose, and having individual control over the way one works towards their career goals are some of the pertinent topics we have tackled with the Panel in recent years and which we see more and more businesses facing into.

Panellists gain valuable experience, knowledge about how consulting works, and join the ever-growing network of Youth Panel alumni, connected to Q5 and each other.

How to apply

If this sounds like an experience for you, register your interest with the Youth Panel team by emailing The application process for 2022/23 is now open, click the link below to apply.

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