Have you ever wondered what Consultants do and whether it’s a path worth pursuing?
在今天的《秒速赛车App登录》访谈中，我和 茱莉亚Opipari, one of Bridgepoint’s Financial Operations Consultants to get the inside scoop on her consultant journey, 她为什么选择咨询领域, 以及她从中学到的东西.
我在内心是一个“解决者”. 我在这个行业摸爬滚打了20多年, 从会计文员到财务总监, the day-to-day activities were not as fulfilling as they used to be. I sought an environment w在这里 I could remove myself from the day-to-day activities of a company and focus more on helping them solve a problem while utilizing my industry experience.
What are three big ways your consulting career differs from your industry career?
In addition to being a fixer, I like variety, and I like to help people. 当一家公司雇佣顾问时, they are actively seeking someone to help them in a specific way, 和最常, 他们在征求你的意见和指导. 满足客户的需求是非常值得的.
我接触了很多公司和系统. I get to see how they do things differently from other companies. This exposure allows me to expand my expertise in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise had working for one company directly for a longer period of time. 这也让我能够与其他公司分享我的专业知识, 这样他们就能从我的曝光中获益.
With a family and many hobbies outside of my career, work-life balance is very important to me. As a consultant, of course, meeting the needs of your client always comes first. 也就是说, you have the ability to better manage your workload more so than in your typical industry role. 用我们的一位校长的话来说, Manuel Azuara, 我打电话给我开始做顾问的那天, my “freedom” day because it offers endless opportunities for career growth and fulfillment.
What were your biggest concerns about diving into the world of consulting?
That I wouldn’t have all the answers or be able to fix my clients’ problems. Although I have a diverse background of experience in accounting, 我解决问题的能力主要集中在哪些方面, I quickly learned that two soft skills are very important in consulting: empathy and agility. If you can listen to your client and know which questions to ask while at the same time having an open mind, then you can solve almost any problem a client presents to you.
What are some of the biggest benefits of a career in consulting?
For me, employee engagement is one of the biggest benefits of a consulting career. 最近的一项研究表明敬业的员工表现更好, 经验较少的倦怠, 在公司里呆得更久. 最终，这对我来说是一个巨大的好处. Translated, it means I get to learn and grow, which is a benefit to my clients as well. Bridgepoint Consulting provides us with many opportunities to stay engaged, 从指导, 领导, 和一些(多样性, 股本, 和包容性)许多社会事件的项目. All of these opportunities to participate keep me engaged and happy as I continue my personal growth.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a consultant?
- Sometimes you find things that are broken that you weren’t hired to fix, 客户也不希望你去修复它们.
- You can recommend a solution to a client, but they don’t always adopt it.
- T在这里 are times when you have to learn something very quickly because of staff changes or unexpected departures, and you don’t always have the exact amount of time you’d like – you have to ADAPT very quickly!
简而言之, what opportunities have you gained from consulting that you couldn’t get from an industry role?
自由- - - - - - I know it’s a buzzphrase these days, but work-life balance is very important to me. Consulting provides me with the flexibility for a fulfilling career while having the ability to more efficiently manage my hours and work schedule. I have a network of people who have worked across many 行业, 就像我一样, and they are t在这里 at any given time for me to lean on for support.
目的- - - - - - I get to meet new people through my client assignments and create relationships faster than I would have from an industry role. This gives me a better view of the world and helps me understand my purpose.
稳定, Research shows that consulting firms have one of the lowest employee turnover rates compared to other types of service-oriented companies. 咨询师的需求也很高. Happy consultants = low turnover rate = happy and returning clients = stability.
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