Consulting can be an attractive career option for those who want to be their own boss and take on projects that interest them. But, there are some drawbacks to consider before taking the plunge. Long working hours are often the norm, especially when trying to impress a new customer. If you prefer a 9 to 5 job, consulting may not be the best fit for you. When deadlines approach, you must finish your work on time no matter how many hours it takes.
The Consultancy Links website notes that if your job requires frequent meetings, you will only be able to complete real work outside of normal business hours. Additionally, progress can be slow in larger consulting firms and you must demonstrate seniority before you can move up within the organization. I experienced this firsthand when I was in my early twenties and felt I could do more than I was allowed to do at one of the big consulting firms. However, both new and old companies tend to appreciate consultants who have helped them find their base or move to the next level, which means there are often job offers from clients that may be attractive to those who find a company they would like to settle down with. If you enjoy working hard, have strong social skills, like learning about different types of businesses and problem solving, consulting could be a great career choice for you. Before making the decision to become a consultant, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. On one hand, you will have the freedom to choose your own projects and work hours.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about different industries and develop your problem-solving skills. On the other hand, long working hours and slow progress in larger firms can be discouraging. Additionally, you may not have the same job security as someone who works for a company. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if consulting is right for you. If you are willing to put in the hard work and dedication required, it can be a rewarding career choice.