Given the in depth knowledge a consultant needs to have to perform this job, graduates will not be expected to have familiarity with an area on applying for a role. Instead, employees will look for traits and capabilities that suggest someone has the necessary skills to become a top consultant. Key components identified by research from Badenoch & Clark found that most firms look for planning and organisational skills, attitude and drive, creative thinking, commerciality, relationships and teamwork, self-awareness and an ability to learn new skills.
Consultancies are also likely to use testing to find out if applicants to roles have a good base level of competencies they could mould to become future consultants. Yes, more tests (they never end really!)
Most graduate schemes will require applicants to have a good, relevant, degree in any number of scientific or arts fields, as well as a clear educational ability. Relevant work experience would also help a graduate stand out in a competitive field.
If you are lucky enough to be employed in a consultancy scheme, you’ll most likely find yourself on a starting out on a series of training regimes
theory work and real life experiences, as well as project work, to help hone skills.
Yes, yes you’re thinking, but what about the money? Well, while salaries will of course vary from company to company and location to location, you could find yourself starting on anywhere between £25,000 and £30,000, which will certainly come in handy for paying off that student loan! The ability for future earnings to grow is significant too, either by climbing the career ladder or going freelance, with yearly fees of £250,000 not uncommon for top consultants.
This article was produced in association with Kingston University Careers & Employability Service