Especially for young academics shortly before or immediately after graduation, starting a career in consulting is becoming an increasingly popular option. But why? What tasks can be expected in those companies and for whom is a job as a consultant suitable?

Start of career in consulting – what are the tasks?

A career start in consulting is especially popular because the work is so diverse. Especially now in the age of Consulting 4.0. Every order and every customer is different. The working days of a consultant differ enormously. Tasks, colleagues and the place of work are constantly changing. But even if the setting changes over and over again, the frame remains the same. The main tasks are, among others:

  • Development and implementation of new business models, strategies or systems
  • Optimization of processes
  • Cost savings calculation
  • Optimization of existing resources
  • Restructuring of departments
  • Preparation of expert opinions and concepts
  • Reorientation of the companies IT

Who is suitable for a career start in consulting?

But what else is important when starting a career in consulting? Clearly, on yourself! Because as a consultant you should have some important qualities. In addition to an academic degree, parameters such as professional experience and stays abroad are also welcome decision-makers. But soft skills such as analytical thinking, communication strength, teamwork and empathy are also extremely important in addition to stress resistance, performance and willingness to travel.

Conclusion

As you can already guess, it is simply impossible to see only black and white at a conclusion about the start of your career in consulting. The grey area that affects the job as a consultant is huge. After all, not only work and requirements vary enormously from company to company, but also within industries.

Consulting companies are now also used by young academics as a springboard. A study by the career platform Squeaker.net found that career opportunities after leaving were among the top criteria for new entrants.

So, as is so often the case, it all comes down to yourself. Are you willing to sacrifice a lot of free time for the job and be constantly on the move? Do you have a longer-term goal and the stopover consulting can take you further? Or are you more in search of something permanent? Are a fixed location and regular working hours more important for you? Do you not feel able to withstand the constant pressure of success, to talk a lot, to conduct small talk and to develop strategies that you then have to present convincingly to the customer?

What does it say so beautifully? “Many roads lead to Rome”. Maybe a career start in consulting is just the right one for you, but maybe you can get to your destination faster in other ways. You have to find out for yourself! Read about this topic also some other articles such as about Generation Z, Recruiting in small and medium-sized enterprises,the working world of tomorrow or about agility in companies.

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