The last decade has witnessed considerable growth for consulting services, suggesting a shift towards outsourcing and more flexible employment practices in the the prviate sectors. Consulting firms and individual consultants can provide provide wide-randing advice to client organisations. The areas covered by consultancies range from finance and investment banking to e-commerce, IT and engineering.
A career in consulting
When a graduate first joins a firm he/she will usually work alongside more experienced consultants carrying out the initial research and analysis as part of the consulting brief. In a graduate programme new employees typically gain a wide ranging experience by being exposed to a variety of organisations and industries. Following this general introduction, they are likely to assume more specialized roles according to their interests, skills and qualifications.
What you'll need
- A degree - typically business, law, IT, economics, or accounting - is a basic requirement for entry in a graduate programme at a top consultancy
- A flexible and high intellect
- Ambition to build client capabilities that deliver lasting impact
- Strong team orientation - active listening, commitment to others' success
- Demonstrated leadership and initiative
- Strong analytic skills
- Creativity and curiosity