I am a Mechanical Engineering major who focused on the thermal sciences. I have had internships in Aerospace and Oil and Gas in strictly engineering design roles. Consulting caught my eye during my extensive job search, and I aggressively pursued the field. Fortunately enough, I have landed positions at Accenture and Deloitte. The consulting industry is very intriguing to me; however, I am hesitant because, like many in my position, it may not be the right fit.
If this is the case, what opportunity is there to penetrate traditional engineering jobs, i.e. Exxon, Boeing, CAT, etc.? Will I have lost my chance to become a technical expert in my field with my decision to join a consulting firm, or is it possible to leverage the experiences I will gain while selling my technical background. Assume that I will make this decision within 2 years at the consulting firm I choose (Accenture or Deloitte). Hopefully, my technical skills won't fade that quick.
Do you have any colleagues who have made this decision? What were their experiences?
I want to emphasize the fact that I understand a pay cut will be inevitable if I made this career decision after 2 years at a consulting firm. Traditional technical roles don't have the same growth potential. Assuming I am ready to make the change, what are my options?