Management consultants help businesses and organisations to solve problems and improve efficiency.

What does a management consultant do?

Companies might bring in management consultants to provide particular knowledge or skills that they lack, offer a fresh viewpoint on a problem, or even to help save a struggling business. Management consultants might help clients with planning and strategy, finance, improving productivity and processes, and marketing, among other things.

The role may involve discussing clients’ needs, researching clients’ businesses, interviewing staff members, collecting and analysing data, identifying issues and planning how to deal with them.

What do I need to do to become a management consultant?

You will need to be good at analysing and solving problems. You will also need to have excellent communication skills, the ability to work with people at all levels and confidence in giving presentations.

You can become a management consultant with experience from a variety of backgrounds.

Previous experience in business management, finance, human resources, IT, project management or the armed forces can be useful.

Relevant work experience gained during placements, internships or temporary work will help your application.

Foreign language skills are also highly valued, as many firms work with international clients.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Desirable qualifications

  • A degree of at least class 2:1.
  • A postgraduate qualification, such as a master’s in business administration (MBA)

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Management consultancies can range from large generalist firms that offer a variety of services, to smaller practices offering specialist knowledge and skills. Consultancy work can be found in all sectors, including IT, healthcare, finance and retail.

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