The chief function of consultants is to dissect organisational practices, point out weaknesses and suggest actions to improve efficiency. The term consultant is broad as consultants often have a specific area of expertise. For example, you could be a marketing, management, finance, human resource or an engineering consultant. However, most of the time when you start off as an entry level consultant, you get put on a variety of cases and figure out your expertise after experience.
As a consultant, you will be asked to find the cause of a problem or how to improve the efficiency of a business. Therefore, there are many responsibilities and expectations that come with the role. When you are assigned to a new project, you will have to meet with the senior members of the company to discuss the case. Once you have determined the needs and wants of the company, you will have to evaluate the business’s practices and procedures. Then the consultant will compile, analyse and present any relevant data and findings. With the data and findings you must then develop a concrete and detailed plan to better the business. This is a basic description of the typical process as the responsibilities vary with each case but gives you an overview of what consulting entails.
To be a great consultant, you must be willing to work as part of a team, have interpersonal and communications skills, be a critical thinker, possess analytical skills and have creativity.