When I was in my last semester of college, I had interviewed with a lot of different companies and it all came down to three offers to decide among. One was from an insurance company in central Illinois near my family where I grew up. Another was from an insurance company in the Chicago area and still another from a small consulting firm, also in the Chicago area.
A few years ago, I made a comment to a co-worker about an episode of the TV series Grey’s Anatomy. He quickly cut me off saying that his sister-in-law is a doctor at a hospital and it’s nothing like the way they portray the life of a doctor on that show.
After a 5-year hiatus from consulting, I recently reentered consulting, joining a Chicago-area consulting firm. I left consulting because I had never done anything else and wanted to see if the grass was greener. In many ways it was. I had a nice office with a view of the city, a pretty standard work schedule, and a consistent routine. I always went to the same office and worked with pretty much the same people. Although it wasn’t the same job every day, there was a consistent routine about it that I liked. Continue reading Why not consulting?→
I recently watched “The Sound of Music”, one of my favorite movies. Never mind that Julie Andrews gave the performance of her life and that Rogers and Hammerstein’s music was out of their mind, the story is what I find remarkable.
While the unemployment rate remains high nationally, most college seniors and MBA students are facing the anxiety and fear of graduating into a work world that doesn’t want them. According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, “Unemployment for 20- to 24-year-olds hit a record high of more than 17 percent earlier this year.” Graduating seniors wonder how they will compete in the job market against competent, out-of-work people with years of practical experience. How many months – or years – will they have to wait for all of those people to find new jobs before companies begin investing in newbies? Continue reading 5 Reasons College Grads Should Consider a Career in Consulting→