08 Reasons for a Graduate to Choose a Career in Consulting
One of the most appealing aspects of consulting is the huge variety of projects you’ll work on, colleagues you’ll work with and clients you’ll meet. Many consultancies also offer international travel opportunities. One day you could be looking at issues around the uptake of home delivery services… the next looking at the effect free trade agreement has on industry investments.
The nature of the job gives you great exposure to senior clients, which presents development opportunities you wouldn’t typically get until later in your career.
You’ll be entrusted with responsibility and working with senior clients very soon into your career, which is exciting if you’re the type that thrives on challenge.
There is a wealth of training programmes that you can choose from, covering both technical and soft skills. Consulting offers the chance to keep learning and developing throughout your career.
You may expect that your team mates to be full of stereotypical ‘city job, banker types’… but everyone in the firm cares about people, as well as the work they do.
The consulting sector attracts top-quality graduates, so you’ll be working with diverse, intelligent, like-minded colleagues who enjoy combining creative, innovative thinking with a very practical approach to problem solving.
An Impressive Skills Set
Alongside your analytical and communication skills you would have greatly improved your time and project management skills. Thanks to the toolkit of business and management skills you’ll develop, consulting could open up interesting options in other career areas further down the line.
It’s very satisfying to see a development that you would have carried out go live, and to see the impact it can have on a leading company. If you work on a successful consulting project, there is immense satisfaction when you see that it has made a real difference and benefited a client.
All Degrees Sought
There is a strong numerical element to consulting, so it can be an advantage to have a degree in supply chain, business, economics, science or technology, but it isn’t essential. The consulting profession also offers exciting career prospects for those with a relevant postgraduate degree, or industry experience.