At a Glance: the Consultancy Industry

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Figures from the Management Consultancies Association show the sector recorded eight percent growth in 2013.

If you’re interested in work experience in consulting you can choose a scheme in one of a number of areas, including auditing, taxation, technology and risk consultancy.

Importance of digital skills

Companies will want you to have a keen interest in business, along with stellar interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Interestingly, there’s been a significant 115% increase in the number of digital management consultants, with 8,000, working in the sector.

Many schemes will expect you to work up to graduate level, offering you the same training and responsibilities.

Soft skills and technical training

This could include soft skill training and technical guidance relevant to the area you’ll be specialising in.

Following training you can expect to be handed a role based in the department you applied to, providing you with an opportunity to work alongside and learn from industry experts.

Undertaking consultancy work experience in the form of a placement or internship will give you a head start if you later apply for a graduate position.

Did you know that, on average, 43% of students who have undertaken a work experience scheme will be invited back to the company on a permanent basis?

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