I am a Senior PA/Executive Secretary at EY, with a BA Hons, post grad (albeit Art degrees), numerous years work experience and speak two languages - including English, who is interested in becoming a consultant. I have been told by many that I would make a good one - people person, great communication, organisational and problem-solving skills, etc, etc, but I am hesitant about making that first step, because although I believe I am capable of being a consultant (to what greatness? - I don't know) I am not sure how to go about it. I don't think the graduate programmes are my best entry point. So my questions are
1. Are there many consultancy companies who would be interested in investing in a high-flying PA but who now wants to become a consultant?
2. What are the routes available to me to become a consultant?
3. Are there any ex PA's/Support staff out there who have made that transition? If yes, how did you do it?
4. Finally, in order to make my CV look more suitable/attractive in this area I am presently studying for the APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management - do you think this will make a difference? If not, then how would you advise I go about acquiring a Senior PA role with project management elements to it - Recruitment agency - which ones? Direct to companies - which ones?
Any advice will be appreciated....and please no catty remarks!