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The job description of consultant covers a wide variety of business and service sectors such as recruitment, finance, advertising, PR, management, sales, human resources, IT, medicine and much more. In general terms, consultancy is simply dealing with clients or customers who need advice or assistance, however specialised. Working in partnership with clients to identify and provide for their needs is the key function here.
Positions as consultants occur at all levels, from entry to senior, but all require first-class communications skills, an analytical mind set and a thorough knowledge of their area of expertise in order to identify exact needs either within company departments or with individual clients in the public or private sectors.
Consultancy-level positions require either a qualification from an industry body or specialist course provider, with a degree in a related subject mostly mandatory. The more experience in the sector an applicant can demonstrate, the better as regards acceptance at a good salary
Consultancy salaries vary according to experience and the level of the position offered. IT and banking sector jobs commend good salaries and management consultants enjoy some of the highest salaries and benefits in the sector. For example, recruitment consultant salaries average from £29,000 upwards.

Description

Management Consultants are responsible for providing an objective and unbiased advice as regards strategy, management and operations as well as the structure of a business. The goals of management consultants are twofold:
1. Identify the problems afflicting the business, and
2. Provide or propose solutions to these problems.
The work of management consultants revolve around a wide spectrum of services that include marketing, business strategy, supply-chain management, financial and management control, information technology, and e-business and operations.
However, not all management consultants offer all of these services. In contrast to those offering end-to-end solutions, some specialist firms, often called niche firms, offer specialized services.
Essentially, consultancy is project-based and therefore entrepreneurial in nature. Depending on the type of consultancy, company and client’s demands, the length of projects would vary considerably. Consultancy projects may involve a large team of management consultants or just a single individual. A large team of consultants may be based at one location or they may be scattered across the globe.
Here’s a typical set of consultancy tasks:
• Analyzing and identifying problems,
• Formulation of hypotheses in relation to identified issues,
• Research and data collection,
• Interviewing client’s employees, stakeholders as well as the management team,
• Preparing business proposals and presentations,
• Conducting workshops,
• Managing projects and programs, and
• To see that the client gets adequate assistance in implementing solutions.
Management consultants are needed when a business is unable to resolve certain issues on its own as regards reorganizing the business, filling in of a temporary vacancy or in building a start-up business. Consultants take an unbiased view of the business to help them identify crucial issues plaguing the business, which are often hard to see from the vantage point of the business owner.

Skills

If you want to become a management consultant, you need to possess or develop certain skills:
• Ability to work independently,
• Analytical skills,
• Organized or methodical,
• Excellent written and oral communication skills,
• Creative thinker,
• Flexibility,
• Great mathematical skills,
• An eye for detail, and
• Ability to work under pressure

Education

Generally, there is no requirement as to what Bachelor’s Degree one has received to become a management consultant. However, certain courses, such as the following, may have inherent advantages over others:
•    Economics,
•    Mathematics,
•    Engineering and other sciences,
•    Business, and
•    Finance.
Employers will also be checking your grades whether you did well in school or not. Grades matter a lot. If you’re a holder of a postgraduate degree that could help too but not necessary in initially getting you hired as a management consultant.  Eventually, as you gain more experience in consultancy, your postgraduate degree will now begin to matter as you aim for a position higher up the corporate ladder.

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