Today a team Hitachi Consulting came to talk to us. Their focus was to give us a little bit of information about what it would be like to work in the industry. Through all the information they shared, one thing truly stuck out to me, which was making a list.
A list is not a new concept. It is simply evaluating what is most important to you while looking for a job and ordering these items in descending order from most important to least important. For example, do you value money more than personal happiness (or are the two things one in the same for you)? Do you want this job to become your career, or is this just a stepping stone?
There are millions of questions one can ask while job searching, and realistically the answers are only specific and correct to the person asking and answering the questions. However, the questions can be hard to answer especially if you are young and do not know exactly what you want and or how to go about getting what you want. One thing is certain, consulting is a demanding profession.
The people from Hitachi (a mid-sized consulting firm) basically told us that sometimes there are not enough hours in the day and other times there is not a whole lot to be accomplished. It really depends on what phase of the project is currently being worked on. For example, clearly the end of a long project with many deliverables is going to be busier than the first couple of days.
Also, a person that is considering consulting, for a mid to large-sized firm, must be willing to travel. I figured I would check into this idea and I found that this was absolutely correct.. In checking with other firms online like Deloitte, I found that willingness to travel is a must, not a suggestion. But what does this all mean for me?
Considering continuing education is at the top of my list, and the fact that travel would most definitely interfere with this goal, being a consultant at a mid to large-sized firm is out of the question. I had this notion but I figured I would take it one step further and confirm it with the team that came to talk to us. One gentleman with Hitachi looked at me kind of strangely and then added a kind but blunt, Yeah, I do not think that is going to work so well.
In short, it was nice to have an opportunity to listen to people who know exactly what they are talking about. I was interested in consulting, but now I see that according to my list, it is just not a possibility at this juncture in my life. Find out what is important to you, and stick to it.