One of the first questions in any interview process for a job in management consultancy goes along the lines of: 'What do you think a management consultant (or analyst) does on a day to day basis?'
In my opinion this is one of the most difficult questions to answer, as every client is different, every project is run differently and your role depends on what needs to be done in order to make the project a success. You could be working on a specific technology project, a strategy piece or working with your clients business.
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Something that I can guarantee you, though, is that every day is different. After 2 years as a graduate and another year of consulting internships previously, I still enjoy walking into the big shiny office and getting the tingle down my spine.
Whilst you are expected to work hard as a consultant, and the hours can be unpredictable (especially when a project deadline is looming), I still cannot think of anything I'd rather be doing. A role on a project usually lasts 6 months or so but this can be extended or can be much shorter, depending on the client and the stage of the project. I have had a fantastic array of clients in lots of different industries and I am always being kept on my toes.
I learnt very early on that to be successful in anything you do means not standing still. As a consultant, I am constantly learning and it is vital to keep improving yourself in terms of your knowledge base and skill set. My colleagues are inspiring and the culture at Accenture (where I work) is to bring your colleagues' skill sets up and help others, as they will contribute to the projects (and ultimately your) success!
As one of 16,000 employees globally, you never feel small or insignificant, as from day one you have real responsibility. You are part of a big global network but you are also a key player on your team.
Yes, it is hard work and demanding, and sometimes the hours can be long and tiring, but walking through the doors on my first day is still one of the best things I have ever done and I am enjoying what I do more than ever.
Rebecca Griffiths is a Consultant at Accenture.