Management consultants help organisations solve problems and improve efficiency.
1. Entry requirements
You'll usually need a degree in a subject like business studies or business management.
Experience in business, finance, human resources, IT, project management or the armed forces could also help you get a job.
You could join a graduate training scheme with a management consultancy firm. You'll usually need at least a 2:1 degree.
A postgraduate qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA), could also help you get a job.
2. Skills required
- excellent numeracy and IT skills
- presentation skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- meeting clients to discuss what they need
- carrying out research to gain an understanding of the client's business
- interviewing managers, staff and customers
- collecting and analysing data, and preparing reports
- identifying and investigating issues, and planning how to tackle them
- highlighting areas for improvement
- creating computer models to test possible business solutions
- presenting recommendations to the client
- agreeing a course of action with the client
- providing ongoing support to the client
Starter: £25,000 to £35,000
Experienced: £40,000 to £60,000
Highly Experienced: £70,000 to £90,000
Profit sharing, allowances and bonus schemes can increase your salary.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll often work long hours to meet project deadlines. A working week of 50 hours or more is common.
Projects may run from one day to several months.
You'll work in an office, spending a lot of your time at clients' sites. You may have to travel frequently, sometimes abroad.
The work can be pressurised.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a partner in a management consultancy, work freelance or set up your own consultancy firm.
You could become a member of the Institute of Consulting and apply for certified management consultant status.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017