Whether you’re looking to tackle a new professional challenge or transition to retirement gradually, working as a financial consultant could be the answer — and you wouldn't be alone in considering this path.
In a survey by our company, 83 percent of CFOs said they view a move to consulting as appealing. The most compelling aspect of this type of work, according to the respondents? Flexibility.
Here’s a quick look at three other benefits you’re likely to experience when you work as a financial consultant:
1. More control of your schedule
This is not to say your professional life as a financial consultant will be pressure-free (in fact, it likely will be very challenging — but also rewarding). But you will at least have more of an edge in mastering time management than you would if you worked in a career with less flexibility.
2. Diversity of assignments
Consulting is one of the few careers that provides skilled professionals with the opportunity to work on an array of interesting assignments for different companies across industries.
Initially, you may be tempted to accept any type of project you are offered. However, try to choose assignments that dovetail with your expertise and professional interests, and will enable you to build new skills and expand your professional network.
3. Attractive compensation
Businesses of all sizes hire consultants as a way to tap specialized expertise at the right time. And in today’s economy, employers are willing to pay well for highly skilled talent. So, if you have the right technical knowledge and experience, plus solid interpersonal skills, you’ll likely find success at building a potentially lucrative career in consulting.
If you’re looking for flexible jobs and believe consulting is the right avenue for you, consider reaching out to a staffing firm to get your new career underway.
A reputable agency can help you to identify projects most closely aligned with your abilities and career interests, and place you quickly in assignments that are a good match for your abilities.
For more information about the consulting career path, visit our Consulting Career Resources page to learn about financial consulting careers, how to find assignments that work for you and more. Also, see this article for an overview of different types of consulting positions to help you decide which would likely be the best fit for you.
This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated to reflect more current information.
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