You know you’ve reached the top of your game when your job is to give professional advice to other professionals. Consultants experience this satisfaction every day. Management consultants are brought in to help companies improve performance and profitability. General management courses are a must, but so are specialist courses, particularly if you’re going to work with engineering, mining, construction or medical companies. Sydney has many schools, colleges and universities that offer excellent management courses.
Management consultants are hired to assist with a range of problems. For example, they could devise a strategy to help implement sweeping changes that will affect every level within a particular company. Or they could be brought in to analyse operational procedures to identify productivity and profit leaks and then develop plans to plug the leaks. Often they have to help companies implement these plans, which is why project management and business administration courses are also quite important.
Becoming a Management Consultant
Specialist management consultant qualifications are available, but they are not usually required by consulting companies. You will, however, need a management degree from one of the prestigious universities in Sydney (MBAs go down particularly well) with courses that focus on research and analysis, project management, business, economics, maths and computer science. The International College of Management, Sydney, offers a wonderful range of undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and short courses in management.
Experience is a big plus. After all, if you’d been running a company for 15 years would you want to take advice from someone fresh out of university? Most successful management consultants have a good few years of experience in their particular field with a great deal of that experience at management level. Through this experience they need to have developed excellent communication skills, problem solving skills, training skills, project management skills and diplomacy, which can’t be taught no matter how diverse the courses or reputable the learning institution in Sydney. (View our Communication Skills Training Courses).
If you want to go into management consulting you have to realise that the hours are long – very long – so you won’t be able to spend as much time out on the town in Sydney as you might have hoped. Some management consultants report working 90-hour weeks, although this varies according to the projects you’re working on. Many management consulting jobs require a lot of travel, so you won’t get to spend as much time with your family and friends in Sydney as you would like.
You will, however, be in the pound seats, as management consulting is very financially rewarding.
Once you’ve reached your goal and become a management consultant you can join the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) Australia. The Institute aims to promote the profession, set and maintain internationally recognised professional standards and provide avenues for continuous professional development. The Institute also awards those who qualify with the internationally recognised Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation.