Having lurked on these forums, may I ask for some advice on my profile.
I (recently, now aged 40) left industry and roles such as Import/Export Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Head of Logistics and Compliance for SMEs. I left to do more of what I enjoy and set up a Ltd company consultancy, not intending to grow beyond being an independent. I provide advice, ongoing support and consultancy in matters of international trade operations, logistics and compliance.
I don't yet have much practical experience as an external consultant, but I'm learning reasonably fast; read some books cover to cover and jumped on to the level 7 Diploma in Consulting, which I realise has bad publicity but I wanted the confidence and something to support my independent status.
I'm now finding that work is coming through from larger consultancies that have a capability gap.
It got me thinking whether I should consider entering the market, perhaps as an experienced hire. I have no idea how I look on paper against the competition. I have (probably too many) qualifications, but they might not be worth much in this industry, with so much talk about MBAs.
In short I hold professional qualifications (and membership status) of the Institute of Export and International Trade, Chartered Institute Logistics & Transport and Chartered Institute Purchase & Supply, two of those with distinction. I also have an MSc (distinction) International Business, although that's from the University of Ulster (around 60th of 130 or so universities...). Plus the Level 7 Diploma in Consulting and various other shorter qualifications e.g. BTEC advanced awards and specialist accreditations in change management, facilitation and workshops, project management, international trade specialist etc. I'll soon have APMP.
Should I decide to try an enter a consultancy, what might I expect, if anything...?
Sorry for the long post, if you're still awake at this point...