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Mid-career transition to management consulting

 
#1 Mid-career transition to management consulting
30/04/2012 16:19

DavidT75

Hi, I'm 38 and a mid-career technology consultant. I'm doing pretty well. I've gotten really good at selling, designing and delivering six-figure sales and marketing technology solutions. I believe I've been able to consistently build expertise and that's reflected in my fees and the profits I derive from them.

But I know I could provide more value through management/strategy consulting and it irks me to no end to be left out of that phase of the client engagement. I can't sell something I can't provide, however, so the question is how to learn management consulting. I believe I need either an eMBA or a stint at a Big 3/4 in a strategy position. Or both. What do you think?

If you think this is a good approach, how do you recommend achieving it. Target a specific Big 4 (I reckon I'm too old and unusual a candidate for a Big 3)? Or...? As for formal business education, are there any UK eMBA programs (or other avenues) you would recommend for consulting? I'm more interested in substance -- really learning the art of management consulting -- than brand name.

Thanks in advance for your input; my wife is sick of the subject :)

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#2 RE: Mid-career transition to management consulting
04/05/2012 13:25

motherconsultant to DavidT75 (#1)

Stick to what you are doing. You will find transition to consulting difficult and frustrating...do you really want to be managed by a 26yr old who knows less than you?? You are not missing out on anythng but late nights, getting kicked because you dont look and sound like a typical management consultant. Its not what its cracked up to be.

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#3 RE: Mid-career transition to management consulting
04/05/2012 15:34

Camster to DavidT75 (#1)

I wouldn't recommend going into MC at this stage.

But on the topic on eMBA, INSEAD is great. If you're looking for a UK one, I have a few friends and colleagues who speak highly of Warwick's programme.

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#4 RE: Mid-career transition to management consulting
04/05/2012 18:01

Mr Cool to DavidT75 (#1)

It would take a huge amount of effort to move from where you are into mgmt consultancy and for very little benefit.

What exactly do you expect to achieve, other than the notion of "adding more value".

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