During my tenure as a consultant, I spent about 70% of my time in city away from home.I knew the all of the quickest routes through Sea Tac airport and some flight attendants knew me by name.
Every top MBA program places a significant number of graduates in the consulting function.
The high salaries, variety of projects, and fast-paced work environment all encourage MBAs to propel themselves onto this career path.
That dream project you’re perfectly qualified for, the one that you know you’ll knock out of the ballpark, can easily slip away simply because the project partner doesn’t know you.
Each staffing decision has the potential to make you feel like you’re going through the recruiting process all over again.
Some of the ones I saw showcased an extremely busy partner, who had an overwhelming work schedule, but managed to spend time with his family and had a great relationship with his kids.
Strange how most other career tracks don’t make such a hard sell…
It’s extremely stressful to get staffed on a project, in an area where you have no expertise, if you’re already billing hundreds of dollars for each hour of your time. Many times, it’ll depend on who you know, not what you know.
Yes, ramping up in an entirely different industry and entirely different function is a good skill to learn. When politics come into play with the staffing process, it only makes things worse.
The consulting world is driven by the demand from clients, not by the expertise of consulting personnel.
Also, while the idea of getting a variety of projects may seem appealing at first, the scenario can quickly wear out its welcome.
Despite everything I’ve mentioned above, I know I benefited from the time I spent in management consulting.