Management Consultant Career Guide
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Management consultants work to provide solutions to their client?s changing business needs. In a nutshell, it is problem-solving? so, if you?re a natural born problem solver, then get stuck in.
Management consultants can specialize in strategy, operations, information technology, human capital and financial advisory. Although a management consultant?s duties will vary slightly depending on their specialization, as a management consultant you can expect to be facilitating discussions with clients to find out what they want improving, hypothesizing solutions to client?s problems, performing quantitative and qualitative analysis to drive the proposed solution, consolidating your findings and presenting them to your clients and then developing a plan to implement the recommended changes.
Management consultants will need a bachelor?s degree in something that focuses on research, analysis and presentation. A master?s in business administration (MBA) is preferred, but not necessary. Also, many employers will look for candidates who have over two years experience in consulting roles.
The constant analysing, research and heavy workload can be a grave stress to management consultants. On top of this, they may have to work long hours to conduct analyses and evaluations, especially when nearing deadlines. There are also lots of travel opportunities, which can be fun, but can also eat into your personal time.
However, management consultants are rewarded with an attractive salary, many opportunities to network and plenty of opportunities to develop their skills and progress. Management consultants also find their work very rewarding as their work is purely focused on company growth, which indirectly helps thousands of employees.
To be a successful management consultant, you need to be confident and mature, as you will be working closely with senior executives. You will also need strong communication skills and emotional intelligence to deal effectively with clients. Finally, you will need to be a team player, who is dedicated to contributing toward the outcome desired by the team.
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