I am a corporate lawyer (age 26), with nearly a year's post-qualification experience, at one of the top corporate departments in the country. I did an English Literature degree at Oxford. Didn't quite get a 1st but was very very close. Got an A at Maths GCSE and an A* in Physics and Chemistry; not done any numbers-based study since then.
However, I am looking for a career change, and am strongly considering consulting. The reasons for this are: I feel slightly trapped in law, which is a largely dogmatic career at my level, and want to work in a field where I can use more creativity/entrepreneurship; career progression at my current firm is limited (some of the partners are dinosaurs and, apparently, immortal); I have an eye, long-term, on starting up my own business and reckon consulting would be a great schooling for this.
Consulting seems to tick some of the above boxes.
However, there is a lot I don't know about the career:
1. Generally, how easy would it be for someone of my background experience to break into consulting? Do many lawyers (including corporate lawyers) convert to consulting?
2. What level would I start at? Associate? What would my salary start at, and how quickly would it go up?
3. What sectors of consulting is it possible to go into? I don't fully understand what options are open to me.
4. What firms are good firms to start with? Obviously I know the big names- McKinsey, Accenture, ADL, Bain. Bain appeals quite strongly, as I hear they are more "creative" and less "numeracy/spreadsheet" based. This may just be hearsay.
Your responses HUGELY appreciated!