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    Hello fellas, I've been looking into consultation for a long time, and I was wondering if anyone had any insights as to what kind of jobs could lead me up to it.

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    Good thread idea haha. This is what I want to go into, as well.

    What did you study in undergrad/grad school?

    Good luck in your career journey.

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    Management consulting is the legal equivalent of fraud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Good thread idea haha. This is what I want to go into, as well.

    What did you study in undergrad/grad school?

    Good luck in your career journey.
    I'm currently studying commerce, planning to do an accounting major.

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe most management consultants are usually people who have been very successful in the field of management. The couple of management professors that I had in college taught and also consulted, but they weren't strictly academics. They had led companies and even started companies.

    No way I'd hire an academic to consult me on my business. I might read his book and see if I can apply what he has said, but if I'm going to pay someone for advice, it's going to be someone who has been in the trenches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTPness View Post
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe most management consultants are usually people who have been very successful in the field of management. The couple of management professors that I had in college taught and also consulted, but they weren't strictly academics. They had led companies and even started companies.

    No way I'd hire an academic to consult me on my business. I might read his book and see if I can apply what he has said, but if I'm going to pay someone for advice, it's going to be someone who has been in the trenches.
    I think that's what the OP is seeking. Advice from any consultants on this site regarding which jobs will lead him/her to becoming an expert based on their work experience, not necessarily solely an academic (just like some of your professors).

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    Becoming a Management Consultant is similar to becoming a Business Analyst.
    There isn't a direct career or education path.

    Getting to one of those positions is more so a matter of who you know, and the opportunities you're able to leverage:

    1. Master the art of sucking butt.
    2. Master the art of bull shit.
    3. Master the art of lying without guilt.
    4. Master the art of backstabbing with a smile on your face.

    As with becoming a CEO, or a Corporate Director...having a personality defect bordering on sociopathic behavior is extremely helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
    Becoming a Management Consultant is similar to becoming a Business Analyst.
    There isn't a direct career or education path.

    Getting to one of those positions is more so a matter of who you know, and the opportunities you're able to leverage:

    1. Master the art of sucking butt.
    2. Master the art of bull shit.
    3. Master the art of lying without guilt.
    4. Master the art of backstabbing with a smile on your face.

    As with becoming a CEO, or a Corporate Director...having a personality defect bordering on sociopathic behavior is extremely helpful.
    Yes, perfect analysis.
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    We hire a fair number of consultants for things. While more expensive by the hour it is far cheaper than a ft head count.

    They aren't famous-just have useful knowledge about an area. It seems easy to forget about options or stay abreast of improvements in an industry once you are trapped in the 9 to 5. A consultant can come in, give a nuetral opinion, give external perceptions of the current situation and provide extra knowledge.

    Often the have a niche. My dad is an intj who consulta for a very specifc industry, in training of opertators and systems for that industry.

    For acct-perhaps uou become an extert at a niche of tax accounting then consult to small companies. Or anything oracle related....

    When you go to work a good corp will allow you to swap jobs every two years-use that to pick up the big picture.

    Once in consulting find a firm to work for at first-then later go independent-you build your netwrok that way.

    Good luck!

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