Why You Should Consider Technology Consulting

Nov 13, 2018 by Amber Rush

Technology consulting is challenging work.   

So, for technologists out there considering something new, consulting doesn’t always make it high on the list of career possibilities.  What a lot of people don’t know is how important consulting can be in their career.  Consulting allows technologists to gain exposure to a variety of new technologies/projects, the ability to quickly become expert in paths that interest them and grow at a much faster pace than a traditional setting will allow.  

But if you’re thinking of making this jump to consulting, we’re here to help answer some of those question marks—or, rather, 3 of HMB’s veteran consultants are. We asked them to share their stories about coming into the consulting world and their advice to newcomers looking to make the same big leap. 

 

Meet our consulting veterans:

Theresa Fruner (T)Consulting for 5 years

Brett Whittington (B)Consulting for 7 years

Heath Murphy (H)Consulting for 5 years

 

What was your background before coming to consulting?

T:              
I started my career in technical support, and then I worked for a small consulting company in Akron. I actually did a sales role for a few years, as well as technical consulting. And then I was in an analyst role.

B:     
I worked at an insurance company before consulting for, like, 7 years as a programmer and analyst. 

H:     
I worked at a regional energy provider for 11 years as an IT Software Developer.

 

Why did you decide to go into consulting?

T:
I enjoyed the work I did in tech support, but development seemed to be an area where I would learn and grow a lot. I was kind of drawn to that. And I had a lot of customer-facing experience, so the idea of moving into consulting was familiar enough and seemed to make sense for me.

B:
I really felt that I, myself, had stagnated as far as my career growth after those 7 years. Not only could I not move up in that organization, but the technology set that I was working on was not changing. So, I came to HMB because I wanted to get prodded to do new things and to prevent that stagnation from happening.

H:
I really enjoyed my work at my pervious energy employer; I could have stayed there the next 30 years of my life, but I wanted to get out and explore a little bit to see what else is out there. With consulting, we can move fast, take the technology; we’re the experts in there, making the calls, and the clients trust us through this. That was the lure.

 

What are some things you didn’t think about/didn’t know about consulting until you made the jump?

T:
People think of consultants as experts, which we are—but we’re not by nature. You don’t have to know everything about everything before you can be a successful consultant. You do have to be ready to learn about anything and be self-motivated to make that happen, but I think some people are intimidated about the idea of consulting because they’re not seasoned enough. I don’t think you need to be, though.

B:
When you’re at a native place, you kind of get to know your coworkers really well and develop long-lasting personal relationships. In consulting, it can be a little more challenging to do so just because a lot of times we’re in and out of somewhere in six months. So, sometimes you don’t get to develop those relationships. On the other hand, though, you do get to meet a heck of a lot more people, and you get to experience working with a lot of different types of people.

Also, it’s true everywhere that your career is what you make of it, but in consulting it’s even more true. Based on what stuff you’re learning on your own time and studying up on, there’s a lot more room for growth and improvement.

H:
The sales side of thing is important the higher you get. That sale—that’s what we do.  We deliver solutions. Even the lower-level consultants, if you see an opportunity, that’s one of those expectations to bring it up to your lead.

 

Finally, what advice would you give to people looking to make the jump? 

T:
I think anyone coming into consulting needs to know that an essential part of being an effective and successful and happy consultant is that you need to advocate for your own career, your own development, your own direction. If there’s something you really want to do, you need to own that and speak up for yourself. The question is what do you want to give yourself—that’s how it will transpire.

B:
If you feel like you’re stagnating, and you want some rapid growth, and you’re willing to undergo all of the trials, I think consulting is definitely for you.

H:
Be prepared for a fast-paced environment, working on a lot of technology. Each project is different. Each team is different. The environment is going to change. It can be a bit chaotic but also a lot of fun. And it’s a quick way to grow your career.

Interested in a career in consulting?  We can help! A conversation with one of our friendly recruiters is just a few clicks away.   

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