There are many names for technology consulting including IT consulting, computer consulting, business and technology services or IT advisory. To help you work out whether this route could be for you, whichever name you prescribe to, we've pulled together this handy little guide.
In a nutshell
In a nutshell, technology consultants advise businesses on how best to use technology to meet their business objectives.
'Technology' can mean technology processes or systems, both of which underpin business performance. Developing and implementing technology in businesses can allow a business to accelerate growth, reduce cost, manage risk, develop talent or simply just change the way they operate.
An end-to-end service
Technology consulting is an end-to-end service - ranging from designing or developing a technology, to implementing and managing systems or processes on a client's behalf. Typically, a client will commission the services of a consulting firm to help plan and develop a new IT system or to examine the risks of an existing system.
As technology becomes an increasingly important part of the way modern world businesses operate, so too is technology consulting taking on increased importance in supporting businesses and organisations to use technology effectively. In particular, technology is being used to allow organisations to become more efficient, smarter and more profitable.
Typical areas of technology consulting include...
- Bespoke software development
- IT infrastructure planning
- Risk assessment analysis
- Security consulting
- Disaster recovery planning
What can you earn as a graduate in technology consulting?
Earning potential can vary significantly for technology consultants. Salaries are highly dependent upon experience and exactly what line of service you specialise in. However, typical graduate starting salaries are in the region of £28,000 to £30,000, with some firms offering as much as £35,000.
Salaries tend to be lower if it includes a training contract which will allow you to become industry qualified. Despite the lower salary, this can be an excellent long-term choice as that training will stand you in excellent stead later on in your career.
What skills do you need to excel in technology consulting?
If you're in possession of sound technical, commercial and communications skills, this could be a super route for you. In brief, this is what you would ideally have to succeed in this area:
- Communication and people skills for advisory interactions
- Technical skills to understand and implement the technology
- Business skills and commercial awareness to understand implications of technology recommendations
- Management skills
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