Getting An Equal Shot at a Consulting Career

In an oversaturated market, it’s the professionals who know how to make things work that get through – no matter their background.

 

Consulting is the place to be for all of us who have an affinity toward problem-solving. No matter what branch you choose to specialise in, the common denominator to become a well-regarded consultant is knowing what you have to do when faced with adversity.

 

That all sounds fairly vague, though. Let’s take a few steps back. What is consulting, and who are consultants?

 

“Consulting is defined as the practise of providing a third party with expertise on a matter in exchange for a fee. The service can involve either advisory or implementation services. For the consultant, taking an independent and unbiased stance on an issue is central to their role. A consultant can, in principle, service any sector. Over the past decades, the term has become synonymous with business advisory – which focuses mostly on business strategy, management, organisation, operational processes and technology.”, according to Consultancy.org.

 

So in short, it’s sharing your input on how to make something better. But what qualifies a consultant?

The answer is far less daunting than you’d assume!

 

Consultancy.uk says ” …there is no legal protection given to the job title ‘consultant’, … in theory, anyone can on a day wake up and decide to adopt the consultant title.”

 

According to another source, all that’s really required is that your academic history and interpersonal skills are strong. Everything else is learned.

 

On top of that, the average consultant’s salary in the UK is around a whopping £85,000. So why aren’t more young people pursuing consultancy?

 

A big part of the reason is because of perceived barriers to entry. Many believe that consultancy firms only pick the “cream of the crop” based on their grades and their academic institutions. The reality is a different story altogether, however. In fact, many firms know that the real hidden potential of tomorrow’s consultancy are diamonds in the rough. They are the young people who have learned adaptability and problem-solving through prospering in less-than-perfect circumstances. They’re people like you. 

 

That’s one of the reasons that AlixPartners, a leading management consulting firm, partnered with Generation Success to find a new group of graduates.

 

Companies like AlixPartners understand the importance of fresh, diverse perspectives when it comes to helping their clients find the perfect solution. That’s why they focus heavily on knocking down the barriers to entry through inclusive programmes like this one.

 

All in all, If you’ve been contemplating whether you’re right for consulting and consulting is right for you – this is your sign to take action. We invite you to join the online Inclusion Network Webinar where you will have the chance to meet AlixPartners employees, alumni and others to share insights and exchange views on various topics that impact every workplace.

This event is also a great way to learn more about AlixPartners, our culture, and what makes us different. Make the most out of your adaptability by helping companies achieve their full potential and take a step toward becoming a consultant!

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