With the help of the Young MCA’s skills survey we take a look at the top five reasons to choose a career in consulting.
The number one factor that draws students to management consultancy is the diversity of work. As a consultant you will work on a range of projects, with a variety of colleagues and clients. You will gain experience across sectors, industries and even countries, as many consultancies also offer opportunities to travel.
2. Career opportunities
With such scope in size, specialism and focus of consultancies, there’s something for everyone. You will be given responsibility early on as well as the opportunity to work with senior colleagues and clients. Progression is in your hands; there are lots of opportunities to grow and you don’t necessarily have to wait for your boss to leave to progress. Networking is a huge part of consultancy; you’ll work with colleagues at all levels and clients at a variety of organisations–make the most of it. Your connections can make a huge difference to your career progression.
It shouldn’t ever be your sole reason for choosing a career but the consulting sector is renowned for its high salaries and comprehensive benefits packages. On entry into the profession you could be earning in the region of £35,000, for salaries in more depth read consultancy salaries & benefits 2016.
4. Learn about other industries
As a consultant you will experience a variety of industries. It is unlikely that you will be 100% sure what sector you want to go into when you leave university, a career in consultancy will allow you to discover what interests you most. It will also give you a vast skillset that can be transferred to any job.
Consultancies appear high in graduate employer league tables as they offer high quality graduate schemes, lots of training and support and opportunity for learning and development. Fast paced projects mean you’ll learn a lot on the job and continue to develop throughout your career. As well as developing both technical and soft skills you can gain consulting qualifications through the institutes. You can find out more about professional consultancy qualifications here.