This is my first post on the forum and I'm hoping someone will be able to help.
I am a Chemical Engineering graduate with 3.5 years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry as a safety engineering consultant. For the past 1.5 years I've slowly been coming to the realisation that engineering isn't quite for me.
I wanted to try something that's interesting, where I'll learn a lot of different skills (my current role is very niche). Since the technology industry is currently growing and there so many interesting new developments, I figured I'd give technology consulting a try.
I applied to a number of graduate schemes (since no one would hire me as an experienced professional) and made it on the IBM scheme.
Since being made an offer, I've done some research on technology consulting in general as well as IBM and have been really surprised by the volume of negative opinions on the company.
Has anyone been on the IBM CbD scheme who could share their experiences with me? From what I've read, the chance for promotion is very limited and can be slow, with pay rises small or non existent. I'd be taking a significant pay cut to join IBM but thought my salary would increase quite quickly as a junior.
Additionally, I've been reading a lot of stuff that suggests technology consulting is essentially a dead end, with no options outside technology consulting. Is this the case? I'm not sure I'd like to be stuck in a career that involved travelling forever, I'd eventually like to be based in one place, working with same company. Is this possible after doing technology consulting for a few years?
Any help / insight anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.