Do you want to learn how to get kick start your career in consulting? Whether you are a new graduate or looking to transition from your current career to consulting; you’ve come to the right place!
#1 What consultants actually do? Things that don’t get covered in the job description
#2 What are the different kind of consulting firms? Trust me, there are many. I have worked at a few myself.
#3 What kind of skills are important to be successful in consulting?
#4 Why you should consider working in consulting?
You would be consulting; no sh*t sherlock!
Let me break it down, you would be providing advice to a client to help them resolve some of their most complex problems. Depending on what type of consulting you do; this could mean full implementation of an IT solution or a strategy on how they should run their new business unit.
But how would you know how to do that?
That’s the beauty, you would be provided excellent training to analyse data, business processes and storytelling. Also, with the experience of working with some of the brightest minds in the industry very early on in your career; you will quickly and efficiently learn how to break down complex problems into miniature components that can be easily digested and resolved.
It won’t all be sunshine and rainbows; there will be difficult projects and stakeholders, there will be long hours and you may even feel like you are always “on”. However, this will help you build resilience and knowledge in a very short time. And the perks will be beyond your imagination.
Before I turned 25, I was running my own engagements and travelling out to the Nordics from the UK, for client meetings every week. I couldn’t have imagined this scenario when I finished University mere two years earlier.
Broadly speaking, there are three types of consulting firms:
There is of course no one size fits all; all these firms overlap with each other in different areas.
This varies depending on which consulting firm you are working in, and of course in which role. However the common skills required will be as follows:
You need not worry if you don’t have all the aforementioned skills; you will learn a lot of these on the job and you will continuously improve. In my first 3 months in consulting, I ended up learning more than what I had learnt for 2 years in my industry job.
So by now, I hope you have understood briefly what consulting is all about, what you need to succeed in it and which of the main types of consulting firms are out there.
These are some of my key points on why you should consider working in consulting:
Here are a few more!
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