There are many good reasons to become a management consultant including the promise of interesting work and good remuneration.
However one of the best things about working as a management consultant is that it opens a huge number of doors for the future because the:
So what do most consultants chose to do once they decide to leave consulting? In general, consultants tend to leave to do one of three things:
That leaves a small minority (5%) of consultants who leave to do something else. Some of these will return to their former professions (e.g., medicine) whilst others will just take a break to go travelling.
One of the reasons why I chose to be a consultant was that I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life and wanted to keep my options open until I did. Consulting does this better than any other career choice I can imagine. When I decided to leave consulting and started looking at what I'd do next, I found that it had opened a huge number of doors for me.
If this sounds like something you'd value, I'd recommend seriously considering becoming a consultant.
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I'm a ex-McKinsey London EM who recently left the Firm