Business & Corporate
Although the workload can be heavy, management consulting is a sociable profession with plenty of networking opportunities.
The work involves:
- conducting research, surveys and interviews
- compiling and presenting information
- analysing statistics
- writing reports
- making recommendations
- developing and implementing new procedures or training
Personal Qualities and Skills
Key skills for management consultants
- Commercial awareness
- Good numerical skills
- Attention to detail
- Analytical skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Teamworking skills
- IT skills
- Good oral and written communication skills
A driving licence and foreign language abilities can also be useful.
Pay And Opportunities
Typical employers of management consultants
Most management consultants are employed by international consultancy firms or strategy sections of financial organisations such as accountants. They are contracted by organisations seeking help and advice about management problems.
Vacancies are advertised by careers services, in national newspapers and in relevant publications such as TARGETjobs Management Consulting, The Economist, People Management and Management Consultancy. The Directory of Management Consultants in the UK, and Guide to Management Consultants in the UK are useful sources of contact information for speculative applications. Some consultancies recruit all year-round, but many have closing dates in November and December.
Qualifications and training required
A degree in business, management, economics, mathematics or statistics can be an advantage. An MBA can lead to entry at a higher level, but normally only for candidates possessing several years of experience.
Relevant experience can be beneficial. Larger employers run vacation courses and placements which can give a useful insight into the profession. Competition for graduate vacancies is often fierce, so an internship can be a boost for your application. The closing date for many consulting internships is in February.