Post # 1
Hoping some bees who are in the consulting industry or those who recruit consultants can help me. I got a job offer as an Instructional Design consultant. I’ve never been a consultant before and I’m really doubting myself. Can anyone give me some insight into this world? Are you in complete charge if everything a company needs you to do? Pros/Cons?
Post # 2
I’ve done some free-lance project management/operations consulting in my current position and now that my contract is wrapping up am looking to move into a strategy/management consulting firm. Not sure I understand your question though.
Typically as a consultant your client comes to you with a problem or question that they need help finding the right solution for. In my project consulting, we’d (I often worked in a team) consult on designing the appropriate project plan based on intended objectives and known implementation constraints (time, budget, client capacity). When necessary we would take on coaching/training or staff to make sure operationalizing the plan was within the client’s capabilities. On the rare occasion, the company would actually outsource implementation to us and we’d manage it from design through to results reporting.
Again, I’m not completely clear on your question so can’t answer too specifically, but the above is my general experience in the consulting world. If you provide a bit of clarification on your question I can try to answer more pointedly.
Post # 3
Hi, not sure what kind of consulting but I did big 4 management consulting and it really wasn’t for me. I was on a 90% travel schedule (fly out Mondays, Fly back Thursdays) and just didn’t like the travel aspect or the long hours. I was working 12+ hour days.
The way big 4 works is that you get to “choose” your projects after you interview with the project team and are deemed a good fit. There was a pretty structured hierarchy at my firm, where consultants and Associates did specific work. And it just wasn’t my cup of tea. But again it really depends on the type of consulting as I have done both. The above is external consulting, but I’ve also been an internal consultant where I work on projects for my company only.
This is the kind of consulting that I prefer and enjoy. I have more freedom over my work, and its really nice for me, to be apart of the organization I am supporting. Somehow I feel more connected to the work. Anyway consulting can mean different things to different people so you may want to clarify a bit…
Post # 4
Can you give us a little more information about the company you’ll be working for – not the client, but the company itself? Are you a W-2 or an FTE? If the assignment you’re on ends will they put you on the bench or are you termed?
I’ve done both and it’s scary as hell when it’s only you. But, I loved the work. I was a process specialist before I decided I needed the security of a full time job.
Post # 5
Consultant means a million different things. I work at a big 4 (luckily my clients are largely local to where I live so I don’t travel a lot), and I manage a few different teams doing different types of projects. We do what’s established in our Statement of Work (i.e. our contract), which, for some of my projects, can be pretty vague. Essentially, we help them solve a variety of problems, some clients this is more narrow in scope than others.
Since I work for a company, when one project ends, I typically have another lined up, but I could sit on the bench until another project came up. You should find out more about the terms of your employment–what happens when the project ends (can you sit on the bench?) What is expected outside of client work? (I.e. I do about 1600-1650 client hours per year, and another 800 or so in business development, training, etc.)