Is A Consulting Career Right for You? (Part I: Job Security in a Down Economy)

By Anne Falatko, EVP of Recruiting on Oct. 10, 2012 View Comments

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With a sluggish job market and continued economic uncertainty, many companies are trending towards hiring more contract and temporary workers, including consultants and professionals experienced in fast-paced Agile methodologies. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment in the consulting services industry is expected to grow by 83 percent, or 800,000 jobs, from 2008 to 2018.

Some researchers believe this trend is becoming more permanent. As companies realize the increased flexibility a contractor workforce provides, they are less eager to commit to more full-time hires and larger overhead costs. In addition, organizations are opting to work with consulting solutions and staffing firms to access the specialized (“niche”) talent needed to get the job done right.

With consulting positions on the rise, it’s worth considering these more flexible positions. But how can you determine if consulting is the right choice for you?

The Right Mindset for a Career in Consulting:

Through our 30+ combined years of recruiting for consulting and contract positions, we’ve come to recognize the common attributes of successful consultants. If you relate to five or more of these traits—and possess a similar mindset—a career in consulting might be right for you.

  • Competitive -- “I want to be the best”
  • Self-motivated -- “I have a thirst for knowledge”
  • Analytical -- “What’s the root cause?”
  • Resilient-- “We can bounce back from anything”
  • Creative -- “I think, therefore I am”
  • Self-directed --“I’ll handle it, don’t worry”
  • Flexible -- “Don’t box me in!”
  • Brave-- “I’m not afraid to tell you what I think”
  • Diplomatic -- “I will do what’s best for you”
  • Good Listeners -- “I want to understand your problem”
  • Problem-Solvers -- ”I won’t stop until I find a solution”
  • Team Players -- “Let’s get ‘er done!”

See part II of this blog post: the top 5 myths of a consulting career.

Learn more about a consulting career at Celerity.

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