Hello I'm at a stage in my career where I'm looking to take the next step...
I graduated 7 years ago from a Top 20 University with a good numerate degree. Since then my career has taken the following direction...
18 months - graduate management consultant
14 months - analytics team leader
3 months - analytical modeller (contract through umbrella company)
9 months - consultant (contract through umbrella company)
8 months - consultant (contract through umbrella company)
12 months - consultant (contract through own LTD company)
12 months - consultant (contract through own LTD company) = current role
I have continually been operating at consultant/team leader/senior analyst level but believe that I need something further to beef up my CV and make it more impressive
Study a part time MBA while continuing to contract. I would like to do the full-time MBA but don't believe this would allow me enough time to work on contracts as well.
Study an MSC part time in attempt to develop a technical speciality in a growth industry such as Big Data.
Continue to contract on the qualifications and experience that I have. (I do have clients who have told me they would use my services again and have met with potential future clients who want to work with me) Although I'm not sure how easy it will be to win contracts in the future if the economy takes a downturn.
Study a professional qualification such as CIMA. I'm not keen on this as in my own opinion the amount of people with this qualification seems to dilute its value and it would potentially pigeonhole me in accounting related roles.
Use my experience to date to join a big 4 consulting firm and try and climb the career ladder there.
I'd be really keen to hear what people would recommend and if anyone is/has been in a similar situation.