Consulting Career Pathways After a Few Years (Edition 1: Undergrad to Consulting)

Tom Spencer

At about the 3-year mark after entering consulting most consultants who matriculated directly from undergrad begin to seriously consider their next steps. For prospective and current consultants alike, I want to highlight the reflections and career pathways taken by such consultants.

Recruiting versus reality

Tom Spencer

Consulting firms are very good at selling themselves to potential recruits. In this post, I explore the other side of the value propositions presented by consulting firms during the recruiting process: “You will be exposed to a wide range of problems and industries”. In larger offices that have consistent streams of work in many industries, new consultants may be pigeon-holed to particular industries (e.g. This is a primary reason why turnover at consulting firms is high.


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Ensuring Good Performance: How Consultancies Keep Their Employees Motivated

Tom Spencer

It is a crucial question for management consultancies (and other professional service firms), which are – by definition of their core competence – dependent on good performers and dedicated employees. Traditionally, the nature of consulting work as well as the extrinsic benefits that come with it were thought to be enough to keep consultants satisfied and motivated. 1980)), and a consulting job usually has all of these intrinsic benefits.

Consulting Bound – Personal Life Management

Tom Spencer

Throughout the consulting career recruiting process, I found it memorable that in both informal conversations and formal presentations, the issue of personal life management did occur as a poignant topic of conversation. The unifying message that was put forward was that the consulting lifestyle can easily strain any relationship if it wasn’t properly managed. Communicate the Unpredictability of Consulting.

Why Consulting?

Sometimes, when struggling through yet another case interview practice , candidates might wonder: "Why consulting again?" Below is a recap of four key reasons management consulting provides a truly differentiated career opportunity. Generally, as the higher the prestige of a given consulting firm, the greater these benefits. Compared to many jobs directly out of undergraduate or MBA programs, consulting is rather lucrative. Consultants learn a lot--fast.