The life of a management consultant is an exciting and varied one. From collecting data and ideas through research, surveys, and interviews, to performing analyses, making PowerPoint presentations, and presenting solutions to customers, the job involves a lot of travel and long hours. But what does a day in the life of a consultant really look like? After many years in management consulting and leading teams, I can share my experience of what a typical day looks like. The morning usually begins with checking emails and organizing tasks for the day.
I try to move anything that isn't urgent or important to the “There may be things to do” section, which I may get to at some point but not today. Then I start working on the tasks that need to be done for the day. This could involve anything from researching a particular industry or company, to preparing presentations or reports for clients. The afternoon is usually spent in meetings with clients or colleagues.
This could involve discussing potential solutions to problems, brainstorming ideas, or presenting findings from research. I also spend time networking with other professionals in the industry, as this is an essential part of the job. After meetings, I often have to write up reports or presentations for clients. The evening is usually spent catching up on emails and preparing for the next day's tasks.
I also spend time reading industry news and keeping up with trends in the sector. This helps me stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments. No two days are ever the same as a consultant, but this is an example of what a typical day looks like. It's an exhilarating job that involves a lot of travel and long hours, but it's also very rewarding.
From meeting distinguished business leaders to working on different problems with different people for different clients, there's always something new and interesting to do.