Consultants provide professional advice to clients regarding a wide variety of business problems. Companies hire consulting firms to provide expertise and an outside perspective on their business problems and to develop strategies to improve their organization.
Consultants work across a range of different industry sectors including Energy, Financial, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, Information Technology, Management and Strategy, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. They also work in various practice areas such as Operations and Implementation, Financial, Healthcare, Economic, and Human Resources.
How to Get Started
- Join a relevant student organization.
- Examples: Mason Consulting Club or Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- Attend networking events to meet employers.
- Shadow a consulting professional to see if the job is a right fit for you.
- Take part in Mason's Employer Site Visit Program
- Complete at least one internship prior to graduation.
- Consider getting course credit for your internship.
- Join a professional association prior to graduation such as Association of Management Consulting Firms
- Strong PowerPoint skills
- Listening skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Analytical skills
- Teamwork skills
- Business acumen and industry specific knowledge
- Critical thinking
- Persuasive communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Strategic thinking and able to synthesize information
- Quantitative skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
Degrees and Certifications
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Public Policy
- Master of Public Health Administration
- Law Degree
- Certified Financial Consultant (CFC)
- Learn to Become: Business Analyst
- Careers-in-Consulting: Offers information about top consulting firms and a guide to finding a consulting job
- ALM Intelligence: Industry research, publications, and resources for the management consulting career
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Job & Internship Search
- Handshake: Mason's centralized job and internship database
- Consulting Crossing: Job search website that aggregates jobs in the consulting industry from numerous sources
- Doostang: Job search database with jobs related to consulting and other areas of business
- Top Consultant: A database with global job opportunities in the consulting industry
- Apply to be a Leadership Consultant through Mason's LEAD Office
- Obtain a leadership position in your student organization
- Consider a Study Abroad Internship to obtain global business experience
- Obtain a minimum of one to two related internships before your graduate
- Association of Management Consulting Firms
- Consulting Women: a DC professional forum for women in consulting careers to network and share best practices
- Society of Professional Consultants
Communication Consultants provide internal or external support for a company's communication department. Companies may hire a consultant to handle communication needs, such as in the areas of public and media relations, publicity, and customer service.
Financial consultants provide financial advice to corporations and money managers. This advice may involve the strategies for creating shareholder value, business valuation, M&A advisory, economic forecasts and analysis or suggestions for Treasury management.
Health care consultants are interested in managed care solutions, reengineering, IT projects, strategy and program evaluation.
Human resource consulting serves organizations seeking outside assistance with their workplace needs and organizational goals. An HR consultant either advises an existing human resources department, or completes projects the company leadership assigns directly.
IT Consultants advise clients on how to use information and communication technologies to meet their commercial or personal needs and goals. IT consultants are most commonly employed by organizations or businesses to improve the function of the organization's IT infrastructure.
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.