When exploring consulting as a career option, we recommend that you look at the industry from three different perspectives:
- Explore Consulting Firms.
- Explore Consulting Service Lines.
- Explore Consulting Industries.
Below are some resources and links to get you started.
1. Explore Consulting Firms
Here are some links to career sites for selected consulting firms, with a focus on the Canadian region:
Strategy Firms (a.k.a “MBB”) Career Sites
Big Four Career Sites
Other Top Firm Career Sites
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2. Explore Consulting Service Lines
Consulting is so much more than just strategy. The work of a consultant can be categorized into three key consulting service lines: (1) strategy and operations; (2) human capital; and (3) technology. Each of these service lines have multiple services:
With a career in consulting, your work can span every conceivable type of business problem. And, as the world evolves, new types of business needs (i.e. projects) emerge under these three key consulting service lines.
It is critical to note that the consulting industry has undergone significant transformation in the recent years, an evolution significantly accelerated by the adoption of digital technologies. This industry transformation has had significant impacts on the consulting firms’ talent demands. Please read “Want to be a Consultant? Ignore Technology at Your Peril.”
3. Explore Consulting Industries
As an intern or a new / recent graduate, your work as a consultant can span a broad spectrum of industries. Here are some key industries consulting firms serve:
- Consumer Products.
- Energy and Resources.
- Financial Services.
- Life Sciences and Healthcare.
- Public Sector.
- Technology, Media, and Telecom.
As you progress in your consulting career, you may choose to specialize in an industry. The combination of a specialization in a key consulting service line plus a key consulting industry is a common path to follow as you gain seniority.
There are two common ways of breaking into consulting: (1) by leveraging previous experience and knowledge relevant to key consulting service lines; and (2) by leveraging previous experience and knowledge in a key consulting industry. Do not be discouraged if you lack direct consulting experience (this is often the case with “career pivots”); instead, highlight your industry experience.
Why is industry experience an advantage? You understand the key opportunities and threats that companies (i.e. future clients) typically face, you understand common approaches to addressing opportunities and threats, and you have some insights on what companies can anticipate coming around the corner.
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