Most management consultants have a basic professional qualification like engineering, accounting, psychology or computing. To be able to offer specialist expertise, you need to have completed a degree course and to have worked in that particular discipline for some years to gain practical experience, according to David. ''Sometimes, the larger management consulting firms will recruit top graduates directly from university and train them.
Most management consultants, however, have usually worked either in managerial positions or in specialist support areas, before they become professional management consultants themselves,'' says Jennifer. Finding The Work ''Employment prospects for the profession are excellent as there has been significant growth in the occupation, but this comes with its challenges. You have to demonstrate that you have skills that are currently in demand, such as E-commerce skills in addition to sound business skills and a thorough understanding of the industry you work in. Management consultants often work on a contract basis. In addition to the growth in this field, permanent salaried positions have been declining for a long time now and most organisations can see the benefits of engaging professional experts only for as long as their specialist expertise is needed. Because of the growing number of management consultants in the marketplace, it remains critical for management consultants to 'really stay on top of things'. Be willing to constantly read, attend seminars and conferences and regularly acquire new skills and insights in this occupation.