Consulting firms are really an amazing thing, in my opinion. They show that rationality can be brought to the often chaotic world of business. You see, a consulting firm possesses no specialized knowledge. Anyone who could succeed in business could succeed in consulting. What a consulting firm brings, however, is a dispassionate, outside eye. Although a lot of consulting firms spend most of their energy on jargon, publicity, and such., the top consulting companies are pretty straight forward with their advice. They employ a wide range of very eclectic and broad -minded people. People get their start in consulting firms from a wide variety of different backgrounds, including the liberal arts, design, advertising, the social sciences, and even the hard sciences. As long as you are willing to look analytically at business processes, management, technology, and facilities, you can really get the job done and with a great amount of success. I never really contemplated a career in consulting Until I had been in business for a few years. I was in a pretty toxic workplace. Not only was it not a fun place to work, but it was also not a very well organized or a rational workplace. everyone knew it, but no one seemed to do anything about it. The boss was pretty burnt out, and he didn't really want any advice from anyone. The workers were pretty burnt out, and most of us were worried about keeping our jobs. Other people were looking for new employment as quickly as possible. In desperation, the upper management hired one of the top consulting firms. What they did was amazing. First of all, they fired my boss. For that alone, I would have been grateful. But when they reorganized the entire structure of the business, I was completely blown away. Most of the things that they said were wrong were things that I could have pointed out my own. The thing was that, because they were an outside opinion, the management was more willing to listen to them. I can not tell you how much of an improvement they made to the company. Suddenly, it was a fun place to work again. Yet instead of motivating me to stay at the same job,I was encouraged to leave and seek out a consulting career. Although it was a little bit rocky starting over again, it was more than worth it. I have loved every mo ment of my work for consulting firms.
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