How to change your career to consulting

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  • 1. Launch Your New Career:Overcome 5 Great ObstaclesFebruary 22, 2013
  • 2. First real life case you will be solving will be YOU. 2  
  • 3. Your case framework will look like this…3  
  • 4. Your case’ framework You. External Internal factors factors Consulting Your firms background Consultants Your talent Case Your studies passion4  
  • 5. No help available,Lot of help available You are the only expert You. External Internal factors factors Consulting Your firms background Consultants Your talent Case Your studies passion 5  
  • 6. Why me? Not many years back, I was in your place. 6  
  • 7. Objective: Prevent you from making the same career mistakes that I made 7  
  • 8. Each one of you can become a Strategy Consultant 8  
  • 9. This is a brain.Any smart brain. 9  
  • 10. Left Brain Right Brain Numbers Creativity Logic Analysis Imagination10  
  • 11. So where is the strategy consulting located in the brain? 11  
  • 12. StrategyConsulting12  
  • 13. Which means all smart people can become strategy consultants?13  
  • 14. Just having it in your brains is not enough! 14  
  • 15. Let’s look at an example: Here is my brain…15  
  • 16. Business Management Architecture Finance InnovationProject ArtManagement16  
  • 17. With a StrategyConsultant’sbrain, I felt like aqueen.17  
  • 18. That was an illusion. 18  
  • 19. This was thereality.19  
  • 20. Then how did I survive and thrive? 20  
  • 21. So let’s start my story, at the beginning …21  
  • 22. When I decided to become a consultant …22  
  • 23. Looks familiar? That’s how I look when Ipull my hair. 23  
  • 24. On self diagnosis I found…24  
  • 25. The 5 Great Obstacles25  
  • 26. New My Ex Kids Starting Point Networking Perfect Fit26  
  • 27. Solution? Let’s work on this case together, 27  
  • 28. Structure for solving the5 great obstacles: 1.  Obstacle 2.  Your Solution? 3.  My Solution. 28  
  • 29. Obstacle #1. My Ex29  
  • 30. #1. My ExEx careers areingrained inour identity 30  
  • 31. #1 My Ex: My Solution Tell yourself you are a consultant31  
  • 32. #1. My Ex: My Solution Hold on to the transferable skills and let go the non transferable skills Look at yourself from a new perspective. Let it reflect in the way you introduced yourself to people, and the way you plan your career. 32  
  • 33. Obstacle #2. Starting Point33  
  • 34. #2. Starting Point Where Do I Start? 34  
  • 35. #2. Starting Point: My Solution Be your own consultant35  
  • 36. #2. Starting Point: My Solution §  Research yourself §  Do your own SCQ (situation, complication, question) §  Build a strategy for answering the question in SCQ §  Design a career action plan, including a plan B 36  
  • 37. Obstacle #3. Perfect Fit37  
  • 38. #3. Perfect Fit Where Do I Fit? 38  
  • 39. #3. Perfect FitBig firm/small firm? Management consulting/ Industry? strategy consulting? level? Analyst/ US/ home country? Consultant/ Sr. consultant/ Project Manager? For profit/ non profit? Where Do I Fit? 39  
  • 40. #3. Perfect Fit: My Solution Once again! Think like a Consultant40  
  • 41. #3. Perfect Fit: My Solution Talent Market PassionFind that sweet spot. 41   Ref:  Greg  McKeown  in  a  blogpost:  #1  career  mistake  capable  people  make  
  • 42. Obstacle #4. Networking42  
  • 43. #4. NetworkingNetworkingNot Working?43  
  • 44. #4. Networking:My Solution Become a nicer person, stop selling so hard44  
  • 45. #4. Networking:My Solution §  Make mentors, make friends §  Interpersonal relationships §  Trust people (remember you are asking strangers to trust you!) and respect their time §  Cast wide but focused net 45  
  • 46. Obstacle #5. New Kids46  
  • 47. #5. New Kids Younger people getting hired more easily? 47  
  • 48. #5. New Kids:My solution Develop and show off new abilities48  
  • 49. #5. New Kids:My solution §  Ability to adapt §  Ability to learn §  Flexibility 49  
  • 50. Working around these 5obstacles helped meachieve what I wanted. 50  
  • 51. New My Ex Kids Start Point Networking Perfect Fit51  
  • 52. Consultant New abilities Consultant Nice person Consultant52  
  • 53. And now that I am already a consultant, it’s your turn. 53  
  • 54. More obstacles? Questions? Comments? Sarcasm? Say now or email later: purnima@refineandfocus.com54