Happy to answer any questions about how to decide if consulting is right for you, day in the life type questions, how to build a long term, fulfilling career in consulting, and if you are in consulting how to gain experiences without pigeon holing yourself, as well as build a case for promotion. Below is my story:
I have been in consulting for 15 years, with lots of twists and turns, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I have been able to create a purposeful consulting career, reaching a point where I am doing exactly the type of work I enjoy day in and day out.
I held consulting internships in my junior and senior year college and became hooked to consulting since. Have a bachelors in marketing and computer science.
I knew that I wanted to become a management consultant when I started my career during the peak of the dot com era, I figured I would try my hand at consulting work in technology. Dot com bust happened and really changed the marketplace.
I spent the first 5 years of my career at IBM Business Consulting delivering on complex enterprise-wide systems implementations/integration projects, rotating projects as a java programmer, systems analyst, tester, and project manager. Got my PMP certification.
During the third year of my career, I decided that I wasn't going to put my dreams on hold anymore and I was determined to make the switch from IT to management consultant work.
This decision led me on a long journey. I will admit, it was tough to switch from IT to MC work and it held me back earlier on, but in the long run it was worth it. Had a lot of nights and weekends training and pro bono work to demonstrate that I could do business consulting work.
Ultimately landed at Deloitte Consulting for another 5 years, leading human capital engagements ranging from talent development, transformational change management, learning, leadership development, and succession planning. I decided to pursue a specialist career track to really build up deep expertise in human capital work. I earned a masters in organizational leadership and numerous human capital certifications.
Currently at EY for past 4 years in both market facing and internal strategy consulting roles, leveraging both my IT and human capital experiences across a wide range of projects, with an emphasis on large scale transformational programs.
First 13 years traveled 100% and have been able to now drop travel down to 30% in my current role.
As a seasoned consultant, I have helped junior consultants, peers, and colleagues by providing candid feedback on how to nail interviews, get promoted, and/or make pivotal career decisions.
Views expressed in this post are my own as the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of global EY or its member firms.