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INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING

 
#1 INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING
23/01/2010 01:14

kit-cat

Graduated in June with Bachelors in Business (MIS & Finance). Shortly after graduating, joined Boeing in an "Leadership Info Technology Rotation Program." Have only been working there for six months, and no complaints really so far.

Recently received an offer for Accenture's MCIM practice as an analyst. Have always wanted to be a consultant since early college - but after reading employee reviews, ACN employees seem to be unhappy.

Torn on what to do - which do you think would be a better career path (IT or MCIM)?

Any feedback/advice is greatly appreciated.

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#2 RE: INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING
23/01/2010 09:40

Con to kit-cat (#1)

If the industry you are in interests you, and you can see yourself staying in it for a good few years, then I would stick with it.

Assuming Boeing's business does interest you, then you will learn a lot about the business, and gain a depth that you can only get from *doing* the job.

Working for a consultancy would allow you (obviously) to acquire the consulting skillset, but your depth of industry knowledge would be far more superficial, for the simple reason that you won't actually *do* the job.

You could always revisit consulting in years to come when you have developed some deep subject matter expertise.

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#3 RE: INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING
24/01/2010 13:15

ex-consultant to Con (#2)

ACN is big - over 10,000 in UK with at least 30% in consulting. If 10% of these consultants is unhappy that's enough to give you a 300 strong army that is willing to fill all forums with bitter comments. Happy employees are much less likely to go on forums to write about their happiness!

I would say read the forums but take everything with a pinch of salt as they can be quite biased.

Having worked at ACN, I would say it was a pleasant experience (at least for me) and picked up loads of really useful skills from a variety of projects. Unfortunately I don't know much about Boeing's graduate programme but my main concern if I were you would be the length of the time I worked there if I were to leave. Leaving a job before you complete one year and putting this on your CV is often frowned upon by recruiters.

In summary, don't put too much emphasis on employee reviews. Think about what you would like to be doing in a couple of years and act accordingly.

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#4 RE: INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING
24/01/2010 17:02

Old timer to deleted (#0)

I'd advise you to stay where you are for at least another 18 months. Otherwise, it looks like you didnt cut it at Boeing. Also, you are gaining real practical experience to management consulting at a later stage.

As for ACN, they are a very cut-throat aggressive business, and are wed to their up or out model.

I'd look elsewhere for my first consulting role, if I were you

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#5 RE: INDUSTRY vs CONSULTING
25/01/2010 21:22

stay to Old timer (#4)

stay where you are (unless you are unhappy that is)

do not go into consulting as a junior rank - it's really not all it is cracked up to be at that level, you'll end up with a very unfulfilling job surrounded by people trying to convince you that you're "adding value".

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