Consultants work across the business sector, providing out-of-house support to businesses, agencies and clients. As a consultant, you may offer counsel on corporate communications, finance, planning and strategy in marketing and PR, IT solutions, productivity and workflow processes. You might also work on human resource management such as change management. These are just a few of the wide range of business areas where you might find full time or contract consultants. You may also work for a large generalist firm or with a specialist agency. You may have gained an MBA or MSC in a relevant business area or have gained experience in a business sector, which you will pass on in your work. Travel is common in this field of work.
Consultancy is suited to flexible, confident personalities, who also have sales skills to gain work. Consultants are great communicators and should be organised professionals. You might earn work for your specialism say in finance and will offer insight and recommendations to your client to solve problems, improve efficiency and manage change. From meeting clients to discuss their needs, you might research the client's business, interview the in-house teams and facilitate training. You might identify and investigate problem areas, create business solutions and methodologies. Consultants work on projects from one day to running over several years, depending on what the client needs.
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