Jobs are scarce in South Africa. There are many unemployed graduates as well as experienced individuals without jobs, especially if their training was in the field that every one goes for.
Such people could use their skills to tap into consulting. Some businesses prefer using consultants instead of full-time employees, especially on short-term assignments that do not form part of the business bottom line.
An engineering business needs human resources, industrial relations or public relations skills. Even if that is not its core business, this is where consultants are usually called in.
There are two paths of tapping into management consulting. You either work for others or start your own operation.
If you don't have much experience or are a new graduate, working for others is the more suitable option for you.
For someone with experience in a special field, starting your own business is the most feasible option. Following are some tips on how to break into management consulting:
You need to develop necessary skills. As a management consultant you need to be skilled at problem-solving, communication, and management skills.
Other skills and attributes that can help you land a job are basic computer skills, leadership, and an ability to work well under stress.
Get educated and be know- ledgeable about the industry.
Having a degree or diploma in the field won't hurt but will put you ahead in the game.
You must know what the job entails.