What’s a day like of a Consultant?
Consulting is often the default career option of most graduating students. Companies such as McKinsey, KPMG, BCG, Bain and Co. are the dream job of many. Ever wondered how a consultant spends the day? Ever wondered what they do? A consultant is a professional advisor in different fields such as management, education, accounting, IT, human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, amongst other areas. As an outsider, they are often able to offer a fresh and unique perspective to a company and solve internal problems from the outside in.
Let us understand their skill set:
- Intellectual curiosity: Being hungry to learn is an important skill required in consulting. Being an ardent reader will help you go a long way. Inculcate the habit of reading relevant magazines, books and being aware of the general trends in industry. As you will provide an outside lens to the company, it is advisable to be knowledgeable and aware to give unique insights!
- Communication and teamwork: Consulting involves working in a team. One of the most important skills is the ability to work well with others. You have to be able to get along with, listen to, speak to, and handle other people in order to consult. Your communication and interpersonal skills must be effective in order to be patient with varied personality types. You will also need to influence different people, some who might be older than you, and that is often a challenge!
- Problem-solving and structuring: You will deal with different types of businesses and unique issues. You will need to break down the issues into bite sized pieces and then work in a team to solve them. Structuring the solution and putting it together in a presentation is also often part of the role. How to present your findings in a way that your manager and client understand is critical.
- Patience: As a consultant, leadership skills and the ability to take be patient are critical. You will need to motivate your client to make changes to the way they are working, and if you are not driven and excited about the work you will lose interest very quickly!
Let’s see what the clock of a consultant’s life holds. You will often be required to meet your clients daily and work at the client sites. For example, you may have to work at a bank branch or office if you’re consulting a bank. Travel is a must as you will have to visit the client wherever they are. An MBA from a good business school or an undergraduate degree from a Tier 1 college is where most management consulting firms hire from. So now that you know what consulting is about, if you’re interested, get ready to prepare for case interviews and many rounds of personal interviews before you get hired!
Talerang’s copyrighted curriculum was researched as a project Harvard Business School. Our training methodology integrates Harvard cases, proprietary assessments, interaction with guest speakers, industry exposure and personal mentoring for holistic professional development. Our programs offer exclusive opportunities to work with over 250 of the best companies in India including the Aditya Birla Group, Foxymoron, Teach For India, Mahindra Group, Avaana Capital, Z3 Capital and more. Our team is from McKinsey, Citigroup, KPMG, ZS Associates and our Panels include CEOs of top companies. Students get dedicated mentors and interact with industry stalwarts from our Young Leaders Panel and Senior Panel. Our Future CEOs alumni also get to access a network that is a close knit community of close to 1000 Future CEOs who are advised by young industry leaders and a panel of industry stalwarts.
Modeled on global best-practices
Talerang’s programs are different from regular trainings and courses due to the international approach to learning and the international curriculum. During the research at Harvard Business School, we interacted with Year UP, a U.S. based organization solving a similar problem. We further refined our learnings by visiting 100+ colleges and partnering with 250+ corporates who defined our training curriculum.
Our research shows that 6 key competencies - self-awareness, life vision, communication, working smart, first impressions and bridge to career help young talent succeed. Additionally, jobs of the future require a combination of 14 skills including research, analytics, digital marketing, finance, strategy, coding, communication and design. We ensure that you are learning in a planned and structured manner with a focus on being relevant for jobs of the future.
Proven track record
Talerang gets applications from close to 100+ premier colleges across India and has several rounds of selection. Our highly selective cohorts are academically bright, have demonstrated leadership and volunteered to impact their communities. Our previous students are articulate all-rounders including national level swimmers, debaters, festival organizers, entrepreneurs and performers. Over 4 years, we have placed 99% of our students and our proud that over 90% of them have been consistently rated as work-ready, with over 50% been given call-back offers for full-time jobs! The jobs and internships we provide are premium with a focus on quality.
As special projects, we have been invited by research teams from Stanford and Harvard to conduct trainings on their behalf and also been the organization of choice for pre-placement training for IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras in an official capacity. From Tata Trusts to Trilegal, various corporates have also invited us to on-board their entry-level hires.