The following is an excerpt from the interview we conducted with a Senior Associate at a top management consulting firm.
What are some of the skills one need to develop for making it into management consulting besides strong problem solving/analytical skills and communication skills?
An interesting question, and it depends on the career progression that sparks or ends up consuming your passion. Consultants passionate in a subject matter with keen problem solving skills often take the “back end” path versus a consultant who is more interested in the relationship management component taking the “front end” path. Developing mastery of the realm you advise on – healthcare, analytics, etc. – will be key, one of the advantages of being in an external advisory role is you have insights into inter industry processes and often have insights into what other comparable companies in the space are doing.
Also, don’t limit the scope…
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