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Working as a consultant: everyone has a different opinion on it. Some people swear by it, while others don’t like it at all. When you’re at the beginning of your career, it’s often difficult to decide what your first steps will be.
In this article we’ll list the biggest advantages of consultancy, so you can make an informed decision.
1. job hopping is allowed.
You’re not quite sure what your dream environment looks like yet? No problem! As a consultant, you’ll get to try out different projects to see what you like best. Without worrying about what it will look like on your resume!
This also works the other way around: if you’re working on a project that’s 100% you, you’ll be encouraged to stay there for a while and see it through.
You’ll get every opportunity you need to finish all your projects and to calmly figure out what it is you like best in a job.
2. variation = learning quickly.
In the first months of your career you’ll be working for client X in the phone industry. Your next project will be for client Y in the banking sector. 2 completely different worlds, in which you’ll gain new skills and competences at lightning speed. And we’re not just talking about technical skills. You’ll also work on your soft skills - which are just as important!
How do you make sure you know what the client wants? How can you help out that one colleague? How will you resolve that conflict in a constructive way? These are all things you’ll learn from working as a consultant!
But what if you need a certain skill or certificate to work for a client? No problem at all! Most consultancy organizations offer a wide range of trainings to help you fill in the blanks.
Following trainings and obtaining certificates at the expense of the company - almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? ;-)
3. personal guidance.
Your employer wants you to be happy at your job. You will be followed up closely. Is this project right for you? Can you put your skills to good use? What do you need to successfully finish this project? What are your ambitions?
A consultancy organization will do everything they can to make sure that your career is on the right track, and make adjustments where necessary.
And did you know that at AUSY, you’ll be able to address all your questions and concerns to your account manager? Your account manager is your direct contact person throughout your entire career and they will closely monitor your progress and intervene when necessary.
4. you’ll work for the biggest players on the market.
It’s mostly the big companies that hire consultants. You’ll work in complex environments, and you’ll be part of multidisciplinary teams. What’s more, these big companies mostly don’t discern between their internal employees and their consultants. This gives you the opportunity to network with all your colleagues.
Some examples of companies in which you will work as a consultant:
- telephone companies
- the automotive industry
If that doesn’t look good on your resume, we don’t know what will!
5. networking, networking and more networking.
While working as a consultant, you’ll meet a lot of people. This is your shot to show off your best networking skills!
Networking doesn’t always have to happen at a fancy shmancy company party. Take your chance in the coffee corner, during your lunch break or even during a meeting with the management. You’ll definitely make a lasting impression. You might even be able to use your network when looking for a new job later on.