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moving from industry to consulting

 
#1 moving from industry to consulting
24/09/2007 08:28

rick

Hi,

I have been offered a tech consulting position at ACN. I've been working in telecom software industry for about 5 years now, started as a developer and moved into a more client facing role wherein I had to meet a propective client and explain the product from a technical perspective.

I do not possess a prior hard core consulting experience and was hence wondering what is expected from a consultant (at ACN)? Any insights on a typical day in the life of a tech consultant will be highly appreciated.

Further I would also like to know if there are any specific skills that I might have to improve before starting my role as a consultant in November.

Thanks

Rick

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#2 RE: moving from industry to consulting
25/09/2007 05:32

rick to rick (#1)

I am sure there must be someone who can give me some advice. I've seen a lot of experienced people in this forum.

Please do post your views.

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#3 RE: moving from industry to consulting
27/09/2007 05:30

Rick to rick (#2)

Anybody??

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#4 RE: moving from industry to consulting
28/09/2007 00:52

Consulting to Rick (#3)

So what you really mean is that you are going into IT Services, because Accenture's real business consulting practice is Management Consulting, with Systems Integration generally doing the grunt work and Tech Consulting being programmers and Computer Scientists.

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#5 RE: moving from industry to consulting
28/09/2007 05:24

Rick to Consulting (#4)

Yup! I am joining the IT services division of Tech Consulting and will be working on Telecom projects.

Any insights/advice on the kind of work out there??

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#6 RE: moving from industry to consulting
28/09/2007 22:02

in the know to Rick (#5)

if your title is Consultant, then you will be going in to Consulting and NOT services.

In consulting you are a consultant and have to tick all the consultant boxes to be promoted as you would anywhere else in the firm. However, your day to day work will be a little more technical, but your core schools and training will be the same as other consultants in other areas of the firm.

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#7 RE: moving from industry to consulting
01/10/2007 01:41

rick to in the know (#6)

Many thanks for your replies. I was wondering if moving from consulting back to the industry is possible after about 5-6 years of consulting experience?

The reason I am asking this query is that just in case the work/life balance really gets out of control; are there possibilities that a tech consultant can move back to the industry aiming at manageent roles like project manager etc?

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#8 RE: moving from industry to consulting
01/10/2007 09:37

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) to rick (#7)

Rick - that's exactly the move that most consultants make when they've reached the end of the line with consulting. And usually you'd expect to go back into industry at a more senior level than you would have reached had you stayed in industry and not done the stint in consulting. That, after all, is one of the principal reasons that people go into consulting...

Good luck

Tony Restell

Top-Consultant.com

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#9 RE: moving from industry to consulting
01/10/2007 11:07

Rick to Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) (#8)

Many thanks Tony for the quick reply.

I guess it's now time to take that plunge and see how things go from there.

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