What Sort of People Become Management Consultants?

People choose to work as management consultants so that they can apply their knowledge to a broad range of problems in different situations.

Those entering management consultancy tend to fall into the 25 to 35 age group, but there are openings for younger candidates - generally as prospective consultants - and also for more experienced people who bring specific expertise with them. Regardless of age, most people choose to work as management consultants so that they can apply their knowledge to a broad range of problems in different situations. They are able to use their highly specialist knowledge and experience in a wider context than one firm can provide, as well as gaining more varied experience of management problems.

A would-be management consultant must possess:

  • Integrity - your clients' interests come first.
  • Intelligence - to follow situations accurately and to develop sound solutions.
  • The ability to communicate - this means listening as well as talking.
  • An enquiring mind - every problem must have a solution.
  • Clarity of expression - both verbally and in writing.
  • Personality - to get on well with people on all levels.

Summary

The management consultancy role is becoming increasingly important in assisting line management to handle the problems of innovation and change.

Management consultancy offers a career without limitations and restraints; it offers a training ground for those wanting to broaden their managerial experience and a ladder of promotion to senior management positions in industry to those who are prepared to accept the challenges and disciplines of the profession.