Category Archives: Getting in to Consulting

Should I Join a Large Consulting Firm or a Boutique?

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Should I join a large consulting firm?

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.

Consulting or not?

Each one had unique opportunities and it was a difficult decision.  I decided to talk it over with my parents one evening.  I sat down with them and described each offer and what interested me in each offer.
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The 5 Biggest Lies In House of Lies

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The 5 Biggest Lies In House of Lies

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.

TV is not reality?

Really?  Next I suppose you’re going to tell me that The Andy Griffith Show wasn’t really about law enforcement.
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Why not consulting?

Why not consulting?
Why not consulting?

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.
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Considering Consulting in the Next Step in Your Career

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Could consulting be the next step in your career?

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.

Julie Andrews’ character, Maria, decides that she has found her calling in life as a nun.  One of the highest callings one can answer and a significant commitment.
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5 Reasons College Grads Should Consider a Career in Consulting

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Why College Grads Should Consider a Career in Consulting

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?
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