Consultants work in every industry and every practice or function you can imagine. Most people are familiar with the distinction between strategy consultants, business operations consultants, technology & IT consultants, and marketing consultants; however, there are consultants in more “niche” markets such as food consultants and innovation consultants. That being said, most WCC members are most interested in the more common types.
A company hires consultants when it has a problem it cannot solve, or if it does not have the time to address it appropriately. Consultants are ably to quickly grasp the essence of the problem, understand it in the context of its specific business environment, and formulate actionable and data-backed solutions for answering the problem or pursuing an opportunity.
Consultants are busy people and typically travel four or more days per week. They work where their clients work, which means that you could find yourself almost anywhere in the world. Working in small teams composed of both junior and senior members, they conduct meetings with clients, data analysis, brainstorming sessions, and whatever other activities are necessary to find the best possible solutions. Their goal is to quickly provide their clients with insights and a plan of action to help their business survive today’s ultra-competitive global economy.
So the final question: who can be a consultant? Anyone.
Consulting firms hire experts and proven business leaders, but they are primarily concerned with hiring smart, confident, and quick-learning people. The diversity of their projects demands a flexibility of mind and personality. Consulting firms hire undergraduates from all degree programs, MBAs, JDs, PhDs, and MDs. If you think a career in consulting sounds right for you please come to the WCC Kick-Off meeting at the beginning of the semester to learn more!