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Is consulting right for you?

Brianne Turk

The fantastic thing about a career in consulting is that there is no one pathway to get there. Currently, universities do not offer a course in consulting in Australia; not because it lacks reputation, but because of the diverse nature of the work and broad mix of skills required. Consequently, firms hire from a variety of disciplines including business management and engineering. While this offers students from various backgrounds the opportunity to move into consulting, it doesn’t provide them with a chance to discover if they are truly passionate about consulting or suitable for the occupation before they land their first job.  

How do students know if consulting is right for them?  

That’s where we come in. Although the profession doesn’t consist of a strictly defined skill-set, you’ll be happy to know there are a number of qualities most consultants possess, irrespective of which kind of consulting work they do. To assess if this career is right for you, check out the following list of traits and skills that you’ll see in consultants across the board – from social media consultancy right through to investment consultancy. Which of these do you possess?

CURIOSITY

As consultancy firms provide services on an extensive range of projects, it is crucial their team members have widespread interests and a hunger to delve into areas outside their expertise. There’s no room for just sticking with what you know.  Unless you are part of an in-house consultancy team, consultants work for a number of different clients on various projects across many sectors (often at the same time!). Even in-house consultants will work in different markets and disciplines as they change employers throughout their career. It’s therefore imperative that consultants have a natural curiosity and a real interest in learning about each new client and the environments they exist in, in order to analyse the situation fully.

ANALYSIS, ANALYSIS, ANALYSIS!

When you hear about a new company, do you immediately find yourself dissecting and scrutinising their business model? Have you been told that you spend too much time analysing your p