Frequently Asked Questions About A Career In Technology Consulting

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If you’re considering hatching a career as a Technology Consultant, you may have a few questions about what a career in this type of role would entail.

In any career, it can be difficult to predict what your chosen path will bring you.

To help you have a better understanding of what a career as a Technology Consultant looks like, we have put together some answers to ten frequently asked questions!

Check out TalentEgg’s Consulting Career Guide for more insights into careers in consulting!

What are the educational requirements for a career as a technology consultant?

When hiring a Technology Consultant, employers will look for candidates who have post-secondary education in a technology-related field (e.g., computer engineering, computer science). A graduate degree can give you an edge, but it is not a must.

What is an average starting salary for a Technology Consultant?

Technology Consultants tend to have a slightly higher average starting salary than a Management, Marketing or other type of consultant. The national average starting salary in 2012 for a Technology Consultant in Canada was nearly $49,000. Want to find out more about salaries in consulting? Click here!

What does a typical day look like for a Technology Consultant?

There isn’t exactly a “typical day” for a Technology Consultant. Same goes for the entire consulting industry! Your days will be filled with client meetings, team meetings, brainstorming, learning and building your network. That being said, your days will not always be 9:00 – 5:00 pm and you definitely won’t be sitting at a desk all day.

How much will I travel?

Travelling is a big part of being a Technology Consultant, so you can expect to be on the road quite often. The amount of time you spend traveling and your destinations will depend on the company you work for and your clients. What we can promise is that you’ll be on-the-go to meet with clients frequently!

Is my role flexible?

Flexibility is one of the greatest things about a career as a Technology Consultant. Technology Consultants work minimum 40 hours a week. However, due to the nature of the job, technology consultants can sometimes work from home or schedule their hours depending on client meetings.

What are some of the different Technology Consulting roles and titles?

There are several different types of Technology Consultants! The client’s purpose in contracting a Technology Consultant will determine what “type” of Technology Consultant he or she hires. Different roles include: Information Systems Consultant, System Applications Consultant, Data Management Consultant, Network Consultant, IT Consultant and lots more!

What if I don’t have any experience?

If you’re looking to hatch a career as a Technology Consultant but don’t have any experience it’s not the end of the world! Though employers often look for experience on a resume, you can utilize any related projects, assignments, awards, or interests to help you land an interview. You can also gain valuable experience by applying for an entry-level position that will lead you into being a Technology Consultant (e.g.,  an assistant, co-op, or associate role). The industry is known for fast career development, so don’t be worried that you’ll be stuck in the same position forever!

Should I take any specialization courses?

Specialization courses will give you an egg-straordinary competitive edge during the job hunt, as you start your career and when it comes time to prospect your own clients. There are endless amounts of certificate, graduate and specialization programs available for students and new grads who are aspiring Technology Consultants, so take advantage!

What kinds of companies hire a Technology Consultant?

There isn’t one description that fits all the companies that look to hire Technology Consultants. The one thing that’s the same for all companies looking to hire Technology Consultants is that they’re looking for expertise – the skills that they need to execute projects successfully!

What will my daily responsibilities include?

A Technology Consultant has many responsibilities. Some of which include:

  • Presenting clients your strategies and expertise
  • Developing and providing solutions
  • Effectively communicating with your team members
  • Travelling to client sites
  • Designing, testing, installing and monitoring new systems
  • Preparing documentation and presenting progress reports to customers
  • Being involved in sales and support, and where appropriate, maintaining contact with client organizations
  • Diving into industry trends, news, and changes

With these answers to frequently asked question, you’re one step closer to starting a career as a Technology Consultant!

Do you have a question about a career as a Technology Consultant? Find your answer in TalentEgg’s Consulting Career Guide!

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About the author

Meghan Greaves is a Bachelor of Arts - Sociology and Marketing Management student at the University of Guelph. She also earned a Business Administration – Marketing (Co-op) diploma from Conestoga College in 2012. Meghan is currently completing a summer internship with TalentEgg as a Editorial & Marketing intern.