5 reasons why being a consultant is awesome
- You’ll never be bored again If you are the type of person who gets bored easily or doesn’t want to get pigeonholed into a specific industry or role, then consulting is for you. As a consultant you can broaden your experience faster than in a typical corporate role. Each new role is an opportunity to utilize your knowledge and experience in a new way and keeps your career from stagnating. Just talk to any of your consulting friends and you’ll hear them say that their resume has grown substantially from a skills, industries, and systems standpoint making them more marketable.
- You don’t have to play the game Office politics can be vicious. Thriving in a workplace where office politics are out of control is impossible if you don’t want to play the game. Since Consultants are hired to perform a very specific task you aren’t seen as a threat for promotions or other personal advantages so you can easily avoid any power struggles within the organization. Also most consulting roles have a predetermined timeframe (at least approximately) so if you find yourself in a politically charged environment you can take solace in the face that it’s only for a short while.
- Your network will build itself We’ve all heard the old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and to some extent that is true. Networking with the right people can open doors and Consultants have more opportunities to rub elbows with professionals at all levels within an organization and in a variety of industries than most. After only a few roles Consultants build an amazing network of colleagues that will rapidly grow throughout your career. These days it’s easier (and more important) to stay engaged with your professional connections on social networking platforms like LinkedIn to maximize those relationships.
- Compensation – enough said A common misconception is that consultants make less than their permanent, full-time counterparts. In reality, professional consultants who establish themselves in the marketplace are very well compensated. There are many factors that come in to play when deciding what rate is reasonable, which include: complexity of the role, expertise required, timing/duration of the project, market strength, etc. Consultants are also paid for each billable hour, making it lucrative to dig in and assist the client when there is more than enough work to go around.
- Keep your work/life balance in check Consulting offers individuals a lot of flexibility. Depending on the scope of the project most consultants put in 40-45 hours/week which is usually less then what they were working when they were a permanent employee. Consultants are not wrapped up in the minutia that comes with full time employment so when they leave the office in the evening they are not bringing work home with them or working on the weekends. Contract work also allows individuals to take time off after they have completed a project. I know consultants who take the summer off if they choose to. Plus, depending on the company and project scope some consultants can work remote part of the time.