Wanting to get into consulting. Been a BA across a few domains for almost 9 years. Any suggestions on best approach or ideal companies to pursue?

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This is too-broad a question to answer without more background on you. Business Analyst is a very generalized term these days, and could apply to finance, IT, HR, Risk, Audit, etc. You mention you've been across a few domains, which did you enjoy and which didn't you?

And then with regards to your target company, what are you looking for? If you want the best resources, pay, and benefits while often sacrificing lifestyle and work-life balance then you could pursue a Big 4 consulting firm. It's much more common for B4 to hire straight out of college rather than from corporate but it does happen. Or you could look for smaller, niche consulting firms that feel more like a family than a corporation. These pay less, have less of a global presence, and will lack the sheer resources of a large consulting firm. What you get instead is often a younger, entrepreneurial spirit where you're expected to "wear many hats" in addition to your day-to-day job. These firms are also very good at what they do, and focus their limited resources on generating experts in a small number of technologies/practices. There's much more opportunity to establish yourself as a thought leader here if you have the right approach and ideas. In my experience, tech consultants from smaller firms are often better at the technology than their B4 counterparts because they have to be.

And then there's the firms in the middle. Depending on what you're looking to do, there's a mid-tier firm that splits the difference between. The large consulting firms and the small ones. It's just hard to recommend anything because it would depend on what you'd like to do.

Do you want to work in technology or in advisory? Do you want to be heads-down in the nitty-gritty work or do you want to be a project/people manager? Narrowing these down will help us give you suggestions that make sense. It's just not worth my time or yours to say "I like Firm X" if I don't have any context to what you're looking for.

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A move from a BA to an SC would be rare, I'd imagine, for a few reasons. Typically, internal roles don't rely on the same soft skills that consultants do (this isn't a dig at you, because I don't know you. But it's the perception of the consulting world that you'll need to either overcome or accept and fix in yourself). A consulting firm is going to primarily look for your ability to work in large, complex teams like the firm you interviewed for mentioned. By the SC level, you've typically already been given some opportunities to manage other people - typically analysts or interns who need to be guided and mentored - and you've been given some level of atonomy in your work. Consulting also has a large focus on managing clients and expectations - as an interviewer, I look to understand how incoming consultants have dealt with rocky situations in the past, because it's usually a good indicator of their ability to stay calm under the pressure of a client losing their cool. By SC, you've probably already been yelled at by someone 20 years your senior, or you've been in a room where someone on your team has been yelled at.

I'd recommend you aim for the consultant level - you'll likely have to take either a pay cut (To continue working in Texas) or move to a higher cost of living area - like one of the coasts - at the expense of increased living expenses. On your resume and in your interviews, focus on the following:
* Experience working in teams
* Experience managing different "personalities"
* Examples where you took initiative to solve problems or have worked on your own with minimal supervision
* Examples of times you learned from scratch and delivered on something quickly

I think there's often too much of a focus on the numbers in a resume "I saved the company $50,000" vs. the context of your work environment. The $50,000 was going to be saved either way. Who did you work with? What was the nature of your relationships at work? Why would you be a good consultant? (Sorry this sounds preachy, just trying to give you a peek inside our brains)

We are always looking for new consultants, but the ones who stand out are those with strong soft skills, who can read a room and know how to properly and effectively communicate with a broad range of people, who can quickly learn new skills - both technical and functional, and who work well in a team.

Red flags to us are people who have difficulty expressing themselves in front of others, people who express how they can't wait to be put in a room with a client's C-level executives, people who don't seem passionate about learning or technology or...god forbid...anything at all.

As for firms, your industries point heavily to the Big 4. In general, industries that rake in a lot of money (Oil and Gas, The Markets, etc.) Tend to turn to the B4 first, and smaller firms as a last resort. I'm not familiar enough with the Texas market to tell you what Small-Medium firms are down there, but if you want to stay in Texas then focus your search primarily on companies who have an office near you. If a small-medium firm doesn't have an office in the Southern US region, they probably don't have work down there either.

I could go on about this for hours but my clients have been shooting me glances after writing this long on my phone. I think there will be others from the B4 who might be able to give you some good advice too. Sorry I didn't specifically answer your question but I hope this was at least directionally helpful. Sometimes it just takes writing down your own thoughts to help you refocus your efforts in a direction. Good luck!

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@SapientRazorfish thanks for the reply. Haha, I’m not already with you guys. I’m not local to Houston right now, but I’m open for Houston. What’s a good way to get in touch with you to hear more about it?

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Thank you for your time and feedback. It definitely put many things into perspective for me.
Little more about me, I been working as a functional IT BA in utilities, oil/gas and capital markets domain. I really enjoy markets and trading, so in an ideal situation I would like to stay around that. I interviewed with a mid-lower tier consulting company as a senior consultant, but I lacked the “management experience of large teams” to fit the role. The reason I was interviewed as a senior consultant is because of the salary expectation. Was looking for around 120k and based out of Texas. I’m willing to be flexible on the pay and come in at a lower level, like a consultant, to gain that experience.

Thank you! This was great feedback.

My biggest thing is just getting my foot in the door and getting an opportunity. If that means starting lower and/or pay cut, I’m willing to do it. I’ll definitely highlight more management experience on my resume going further.

Also, just curious about opinions on different sized consulting firms. There’s obvious pros and cons, but besides that what is the general consensus working at a big vs small firm? From a pay perspective, what is considered reasonable and outrageous at a consultant level? Primary considering Texas, but curious about other regions as well

@OP, are you in Houston? Your experience sounds like it could be a fit for us. Unless you're already here and looking to jump... Haha

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