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.
UltimatelyConsulting 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.
Consulting Case Interview Course
- 2,037 questions across 209 consulting firms. Crowdsourced from over 600,000 members.
- 11 Detailed Exclusive Cases developed by a McKinsey Associate and 10+ hours of video.
- Trusted by over 1,000 aspiring consultants just like you.