I have found that it is never too late to consider a new career. I am in my late 30’s and thought that I would always be a counselor because that is what I went to school for. After burning out in my field of work I found myself trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. One career that caught my eye was a career in consulting. There are a variety of different fields that a consultant could work in allowing for a lot of versatility. While doing some research I found three of my favorite consulting careers to consider if you are looking for a new career.
Management Consulting Careers:
Management consulting consists of helping major corporations and businesses improve their business practices and strategies to improve and grow their businesses. A consultant would give expert advice in a specific area to help improve the company. This is probably what most people think of when you consider a consulting career, it is probably the most widely known. Consultants in the management industry may focus on advice in strategy, operations, financial, human resources, or risk & compliance. A consultant would normally focus on one of these areas and offer expert advice to improve the company.
Corporate Consulting Careers:
Corporate consulting is very wide-spread and covers a variety of specialties. Corporate consulting is more of a catch-all type of consulting. Corporate consultants are usually experts in the corporate world and use their expertise to offer advice to up and coming corporations to help them build and improve. Consultants in the corporate industry may focus on advice in IT, business, environmental concerns, software, or sales. Corporations will hire consultants to grow their business in a category that they are struggling or need additional support. Being an expert in one of these areas is an asset in the world of consulting.
Independent Consulting Careers:
Once a consultant has established an expertise in a specific area then they may break out on their own and create an independent career. Focusing on an area that they have extensive experience and success in. Rather than being an employee for a corporation or management team they work independently as a contractor. This is good because the consultant can have more freedom in their projects and work environment. Independent consultants may specialize in marketing, financial, image, social media, or career coaching. Being independent will allow for more flexibility in your career.
If you are interested in a career in consulting there is a wealth of information out there. One of my favorite places to find information that is easy to understand is consulting.com. They have put together a lot of information that is helpful for individuals who would like to learn about or find a career in consulting. They have a community of consultants and have compiled some great resources and support tools to help consultants or people looking to become a consultant learn more about the career. Whether you are already a consultant or would like to become one consulting.com is a great resource.