Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Friday, September 25, 2015 - 06:05 | Follow me
Perhaps you are ready to tackle a new challenge or are looking to transition to retirement? Working as a financial consultant could be the answer — and you would not be alone in considering this path.
Eighty-three percent of CFOs interviewed for a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey said they view a move to consulting as appealing. The most compelling aspect of this type of work, according to 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 you at least will have more of an edge in mastering time management than you would working in careers with less flexibility.
2. Diversity of assignments
Consulting is one of the few careers that provides skilled professionals the opportunity to work on an array of challenging 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 enable you to build new skills.
In the long term, being selective can help you build relationships with the clients who are likely to offer projects that you find most fulfilling.
3. Attractive compensation
Businesses of all sizes hire consultants for their specialized expertise. And in today’s economy, employers are willing to pay well for highly skilled talent. So if you have the right knowledge and experience, you’ll likely find that consulting can be a lucrative career.
A reputable agency can help you to identify projects most closely aligned with your abilities and career interests, and place you quickly in assignments for which you are a match. Consultants working with leading staffing firms also typically enjoy perks such as free skills training and other benefits.
This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated to reflect more current information.
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- "Job Search" on Robert Half Management Resources: Use our job search tool to get an idea of the types of consulting positions that are in demand and what skills and experience employers seek for those positions.