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If you're interested in how a business works – its strategy, structure, management and operations; a career in management consultancy might be for you!
Management Consultant

Management consultants help businesses improve their performance and grow by solving problems and finding new and better ways of doing things. It's not just in the private sector either – many firms work with public sector organisations to help develop their services and, where necessary, reduce costs and make savings.

Management consultants are primarily concerned with the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organisation. They will identify options for the organisation and suggest recommendations for change, as well as advising on additional resources to implement solutions.

There is no set career path into the industry, although many of the large consultancy firms actively recruit graduates straight from university. An aptitude for client handling, listening, strategic planning, business analysis and team-building are attractive to consulting employers, as is creativity, flexibility and strong interpersonal skills.

For some firms, an individual with an MBA or an MSc will be of great interest – but they are by no means universally required. Similarly, degrees in business may be a benefit, but generally consultancy is not a degree-specific industry.

There's plenty of scope for personal development, expanding your skillset and enhancing your CV. Most consultancies offer excellent training opportunities, along with the chance to build other skills. As client work becomes more international, firms are beginning to operate on a global basis, so there's plenty of scope for travel.

Consultancy firms range from larger firms that offer end-to-end solutions, to smaller or niche firms that offer specialist expertise and skills in certain industry areas.

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