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					A Career in Consulting for
Computer Science Majors
        Vince DeGiulio
  Accenture - Associate Partner
         Purdue CS „87
          Types of Consultants

   Application Programmer

   System Administrator

   Technical Specialist

   IT Consultant/Analyst
       Application Programmer

   Description
     – Hired Guns of Programming - Contractor
     – Many Languages/Tools
   Project Types
     – Application Development
     – Application Maintenance
   Project Duration: Several Months to Years
   Clients: Usually Large Companies
   Demand: Always High, but Requires Periodic
    Re-tooling of Skills
         System Administrator

   Description
     – Provide Technical/User Support
   Project Types
     – Set up/Maintain LANs, PCs, User IDs, etc.
     – Install Software
     – Support Help Desks
   Project Duration: Years or Multiple Clients at
    Once
   Clients: Large and Small Companies
   Demand: High, Increasing as Companies
    Look More to Outsource Support Functions
           Technical Specialist

   Description
     – Expert in Specific Technology/Product (ie.
       Web Development, Object Oriented)
   Project Types
     – Application Development/Maintenance
     – Performance Reviews
     – Product Sales Support
   Project Duration: Days to Few Months
   Clients: Large and Small Companies
   Demand: High when Specialty is Hot
         IT Consultant/Analyst

   Description
     – Client‟s Partner - True “Consultant”
     – Solve Business Problems through
       Technology
   Project Types
     – Business Application Development
     – Technology Strategies
   Project Duration: Many Months to Years
   Clients: Usually Large Companies
   Demand: High
          Consulting = Variety

   Technologies/Vendor Software

   Industries/Clients

   Applications

   Geographic Locations

   Responsibilities

   People
Technologies/Vendor Software

   Technologies Change - Only Limited by
    Yourself
   Not Limited to Your Companies Products
   Your Degree Suited for this Variety
   My Experiences
     – Different DBMS (Oracle, DB2, Sybase, Teradata, MS-
       Access, IMS)
     – Different Platforms (Mainframes, Servers, PCs)
     – Different Languages (HTML, C, Visual Basic, COBOL,
       Vendor Specific)
                Industries/Clients

   What‟s an Industry?
   Type of Work can Vary by Industry
   Can Change Industries/Clients Frequently
   My Experiences
     – Insurance/Financial Services
     – Government (Federal & State)
     – Light Manufacturing
     – Distribution & Logistics
     – Transportation
     – Travel
     – Healthcare
                   Applications

   Transaction Processing (i.e. Order Entry)
   Knowledge Worker (i.e. EIS)
   Database Systems
   My Experiences
     – Patient Administration
     – Inmate Inventory
     – Unemployment Check Processing
     – Customer Information
     – Underwriter Decision Analysis
     – Logistics Network Analysis
     – Vehicle Tracking
     – Fleet Management
          Geographic Locations

   Opportunity for Travel
   Domestic/International
   Work Where Clients are Located
   My Experiences
     – 1/4 Career is Chicago and Suburbs
     – 3/4 in Other Cities (Minneapolis, Springfield, Washington
       D.C., Miami, Atlanta, Louisville)
                Responsibilities

   Don‟t Stagnate in Same Position Forever
   Can Increase Authority Quickly
   My Experiences
     – Programmer 1.5 Years
     – Analyst/Program Designer
     – Supervisor
     – System Architect
     – Team Leader
     – Project Manager
                        People

   Meet Many Different People
   Working with Different Groups of People from
    Year to Year
   New Bosses Periodically
   My Experiences
     – Many People throughout Consulting Field and Industry
     – People throughout Country
     – Met Some of Best Friends
       Consulting Opens Doors

   Jobs at Clients
     – Many Take Jobs at Clients
     – Allows Observation of Company Before
       Taking Job
   Head Hunters
     – Always on Lists of People to Call
     – Contacted Constantly
     – Always Other Jobs Out There
       Consulting Opens Doors

   Non-Technical Career
     – Easy Transition to Management Consulting
     – Analytical Skills Applicable to Solving
       Business Process Problems
     – Support Functions at Technical Firms (i.e.
       Sales, HR)
   Own Consulting Firm
     – Many Consultants Form Own Small Firms
       After Gaining Experience
       Why I Chose Consulting

   Didn‟t Want to Program Forever

   Looking for Advancement Opportunities

   Looked at Long-Term Money vs Short-Term

   Got Bored Easily

   Saw People Sitting at a Desk that Looked Too
    Comfortable
    Consulting - Not For Everyone

   Hard Work/Long Hours

   Requires Flexibility

   Involves Travel

   Requires Personal Skills

   Clients Don‟t Like or Trust You - At First
                Last Advice


   No Perfect Job Exists


   Know What Is Important to You


   Think Long-Term

				
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