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Want to make a change

 
#1 Want to make a change
24/02/2008 22:27

makingachange

I am a graduate of the USMA and decided, now looking back on it a poor decision, to go into retail upon leaving the military. Not that I haven't been successful but it's time for a change. I have been managing 50M+ operations for about 5 years now and would like to move into business management consulting. Can anyone give me any advice on what to expect as far as position, salary, etc? Also any recommendations on which companies to apply with? Thanks for your help!

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#2 RE: Want to make a change
25/02/2008 00:27

anon to makingachange (#1)

Hi makingachange.

You mention both retail and management consulting. Could you clarify your preferences? For example, are you thinking of going into external consulting with retail businesses as your clients, or working as an internal consultant for a retail business, or did you just mean retail as a general term of the commercial sector?

There are a number of consultancies that hold recruiting rounds and introductory events aimed specifically at people transitioning from the armed services. Off the top of my head, firms including Booz Allen Hamilton, PA Consulting, Atos and Detica are frequently involved.

The firms involved in these events are generally those with large government, logistics, aerospace/defence and security industry consulting practices as this is where a lot of military experience is most applicable.

For retail sector consulting, it's less likely that firms would actively seek out ex-military candidates, but you could look at Javelin Group and McMillan Doolittle among others.

From the experience you describe, it sounds like you'd most likely come in at an Associate grade with a starting salary (for the firms mentioned above) in the USD 80-100k range.

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#3 RE: Want to make a change
25/02/2008 02:19

makingachange to anon (#2)

Thank you very much for this information. My preference would be external consulting with retail as a focus but I have a broad range of interests and skills from general leadership and strategy to logistics to HR and Finance.

Do you know of any staffing agencies that work with the big players? If not, any suggestions to get noticed? I have submitted resume's online, but I am sure I am one in a sea of many.

Thanks again for your time. I really appreciate it.

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