Management consultant

What do you do for a living?

Management Consultant

How did you get interested in what you do? What advice was available to you when you chose this career direction?

Always wanted to pursue an international career with different challenges and meeting (engaging with) different people all the time

 

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

Journey was not to plan for a specific career but to create a wide base of opportunities within my areas of interest to allow me to choose in the future – i.e. international organisations, different cultures, etc. – all pursued through international schools, the International Baccalaureate, and continuing to study programmes like International Relations

 

Talk me through a day in your life... what sorts of things would it involve?
No two days have appeared the same – sometimes it would be being assigned to a client in the most northern parts of Sweden to assist with food processing plants whereas in others, it would be sitting by the desk, and trying to work out how best a customer could develop a new product. What is the same, wherever you are and whatever you are trying to achieve, is the process of understanding the people you are working with, what the issues are, and push yourself to find a better solution – even by having to think outside of the box – that my standard day.
 
Was it your planned career when you were 18
International organisation like EU Commission, UN or international insurance (Lloyds)
 
What did your mum and dad want you to do?

Fairly supportive of anything I wanted to pursue

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

It is not a career for those who look for stability, certainty, and guidance, and requires personal flexibility, a high degree of personal integrity and being comfortable in areas of unfamiliarity

 

What other directions could you go in /work in within your field other than the job you have chosen?

Majority of management consultants end up working either as executives in a specific industry of choice, pursuing entrepreneurial paths, or – because of the continuous learning process and flexibility required by occupation – tend to make even greater “leaps” in career paths to completely different starts in life (not being worried about not being able to do it)

 

If there is anything you have not covered about your area of expertise, please feel free to add here.

There is no definitive role description for a management consultant, and the tasks will vary from one environment to another, and from one project to another – however that is what is most appealing about the career; many negative and positive comments have been made about the management consultant but at the same time, many value the insights and experience they bring to businesses and particularly individuals – the best management consultant is one that shares his or her knowledge and does not guard it like some golden possession