You’ve hatched your Consulting career – congratulations!
This is a competitive field to enter; it takes a high level of communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as a solid GPA to stand out to employers. Consulting is a career for those who are truly passionate about solving complex problems and helping business reach new heights. In order to be successful, you need to take every opportunity to grow and develop as a professional.
Here are some egg-cellent tips to help you get on the right track for success in Consulting.
Network Within Your Company
Leave a positive impression by supporting your team members. For instance, you can ask a Senior Consultant about their work and offer to assist them with small tasks. This will help you become familiar with their role, and they’ll get to know your good work habits and professional interests.
What’s more? Establishing a positive image is also amazing practice for building rapport with clients. Trust is key to a successful business relationship – once you’ve proven your abilities to your manager, they will be more likely to give you more egg-citing and higher profile organizations to work with.
Continuously Update Your Knowledge
Learning is important, even after graduation. As an aspiring expert in your field, clients will expect you to be on top of current news. If any changes occur in the industry, be sure to set aside some time to read up on it. This way, you’ll be able to incorporate them into strategies for your clients and help them stay competitive.
To help with this, you should start following relevant companies and figures on Twitter who are likely to tweet about the latest industry news. In our tech savvy world, it’s no surprise that social media is now a primary source of current news. Also, many magazines and journals now come with apps, so you should get into the habit of reading relevant material while commuting to work or on your breaks. For example, Forbes magazine has a popular app with tons of articles covering a variety of different industries, such as Technology, Business, and Finance – all fields that are very relevant to Consulting work.
Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification from your manager and clients, especially if a few simple questions can help you avoid making unnecessary mistakes. Just ensure that you’re asking well-thought out questions – i.e. if you can find the answer using common sense or a quick internet search, it’s probably not the best question to bring up.
You want to give the impression that you’re interested and attentive to detail. Repeating instructions for clarification can inspire confidence that you’re the right person for the job by letting seniors and clients know that you’re aware of what needs to be done.
It’s never too early to think about the future, so start forming great work relationships and important skills from the beginning!