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Advice needed – Am I consultant material?

 
#1 Advice needed – Am I consultant material?
20/05/2006 14:19

TC

Dear All,

I am at a crossroads (34 years old) and would like people’s opinions on my chances of entering the IT consulting arena. I am finding IT at my current employer increasingly restrictive and would like to “break in to” consulting in order to secure more interesting work. OK, my background is as follows:

16 years experience within IT which includes 4 years IT Management experience. From a people management perspective I have led small teams and managed budgets etc. I have also used PRINCE2, ITIL and other frameworks.

I have an MBA (unfortunately not from a top university) and a technologically focused MSc.

Can any of the recruiters or IT focused consultants offer any advice or information on contacts?

Thanks in advance,

TC.

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#2 Re: Advice needed – Am I consultant material?
23/05/2006 15:49

John

34 years old is, as you may have sensed, is an older-than-average age to enter consulting. However, your experience is an asset. 16 years in industry using formal frameworks and methodologies lends you client-credibility and marketability.

I would suggest as a next step you sell yourself as a specialist in a single, deep area. Are you an ITIL Service Manager? Or are you a PRINCE2 project manager? Or are you something else altogether?

The big IT consultancies have a need for all these specialist roles, and you should contact them - but only with a clear view of where your experience could best be used.

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#3 Re: Advice needed – Am I consultant material?
26/05/2006 14:14

Old Timer

I became a consultant for the first time at the age of 38. Most Systems Integration / consultancy outfits are short of good IT project managers and architects. If that is your area suggest you contact the likes of LogicaCMG or Capgemini. I have worked for both and there is plenty of grey (ish) hair about.

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#4 Re: Advice needed – Am I consultant material?
27/05/2006 19:11

TC

John / Old Timer,

Thanks for the positive feedback.

At the moment I am an IT Manager (generalist) but have managed several large projects including implementing ITIL.

I guess I need to specialise in either project management or service delivery. Would any of the consultancies help with that transition, or am I better securing an industry role in one of those areas first?

Thanks again,

TC.

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