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If you have just landed a job in consulting, or you seek to become a consultant, then this guide is for you.
The Aspiring Advisor offers you a full-fledged manual on how to start and build a successful career in consulting.
What’s the point?
I have got news for you: What has gotten you in the job is not what is going to keep you there longterm. What is more, it is also not what will enable you to build a successful career!
You have to step up!
Of course, you can try to just get by. You will probably survive for a while.
But shouldn’t all your effort getting into the job have a better return?
Don’t you think you deserve more?
To truly thrive as a junior consultant you need to know the do’s and don’ts. And rather than waiting for some seniors to spoon-feed you, or worse to learn the hard way, why not take charge of your career yourself?
Consistent high-quality work is taken as a given.
What makes or breaks careers is rigorous error avoidance and putting yourself in the perfect light.
Many of us have been trained to work hard only to find some folks always get promoted more quickly despite significantly less effort. Good work is just not enough – it has never been.
People don’t get promoted because of that one major accomplishment. The key lies in the stuff that happens before and after the job gets done.
IF YOU’RE THAT KIND OF PERSON
WHO DOESN’T LEAVE ANYTHING TO CHANCE,
THEN TAKE ACTION NOW AND CHANGE THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOR!
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Why yet another guide?
Because there is none other out there!
You could do it entirely your way. Learn from experience, and move ahead. Happy muddling your way to the top! It will probably be a long and bumpy journey – and it will take you more extra loops than necessary, if you actually last that long in consulting.
Look at it this way: You could learn and succeed by making mistakes. That’s what we call experience. But others have been there before, and their mistakes have been turned into lessons learnt. Most of those have been encapsulated in this guide. Why make the same mistakes? Why not learn from other people’s experience instead? After all, this is what smart people do.
Of course, you don’t have to get your copy of The Aspiring Advisor. You can forego practical insights specifically designed to empower junior practitioners and, instead, get hold of other material. There is plenty of good stuff out there. Some of it is so good, I have made reference to them in this guide. But chances are, this won’t be enough.
Your First Days
as a Leader Being Led
The problem with other resources is: You will have a very hard time applying concepts that were not designed for you early in your career. Wouldn’t you agree that there are different success principles for a seasoned consulting industry veteran and a junior consultant?
It is great to learn how to motivate teams, or how to structure your first ninety days as a leader. But none of it is going to apply to the aspiring junior consultant. For starters, you want to learn to survive and then go from there.
YOU CAN JUMP RIGHT IN.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LESSONS LEARNT
FROM HUNDREDS OF OTHER PRACTITIONERS BEFORE.
You don’t have to figure out the pitfalls yourself.
I have already done it for you. I am Moritz, the author of The Aspiring Advisor. Having started my career as a management consultant in a leading global consultancy, I have had my fair share of “learning experience”.
I did benefit greatly from others coaching me. Nevertheless, there were still plenty of occasions that I would have liked to have handled differently. I simply did not have a manual on how to navigate the world of consulting. This is what I set out to change for you.
The collective insights and lessons learnt from me and my colleagues are presented in this guide.
I really hope up-and-coming consultants will apply the concepts laid out in The Aspiring Advisor.
People at these companies are already using the techniques in this guide to up their game.
Where it all began
Since my first day in consulting, I have seen quite a bit. Without a doubt, advice from more experienced colleagues helped me in getting my career started.
I did not always see the relevance immediately. But I soon came to understand I had better listen, unless I wanted my career to turn out very differently.
Over the years, my colleagues and I continued to pass on our little bit of wisdom whenever we had a cool new kid on the team.
Unfortunately, we could not simply hand over a 200-page document and instruct to read and come back if any questions remained. There simply was no such manual!
I started searching for a handbook, but all I found was either too superficial, lacking specific actions to take, or too industry-agnostic.
I wanted something in-depth about consulting from consultants.
It was out of this frustration that I started collating all the bits and pieces. Everything in The Aspiring Advisor is based on my own experience in consulting and advice passed on to me.
By talking with both senior and junior practitioners from several consultancies as well as former clients, we have decoded what works and what does not from the perspective of a junior consultant just starting out.
THIS GUIDE IS NOT A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL.
The Aspiring Advisor allows for a wide variety of choices you can make to build a successful career start in consulting. You will get a primer of success principles across a spectrum of key areas pertaining to junior consultants, and a detailed breakdown on how to actually adopt those in practice.
IT IS NOT JUST FOR PEOPLE IN TIER-1 CONSULTANCIES.
The Aspiring Advisor is for anyone starting a career in a consulting practice – whether large or small.
THIS GUIDE IS NOT ONLY FOR ASPIRING STRATEGY CONSULTANTS.
Whether you will advise on strategic issues, optimize supply chains, or help implement mergers and acquisitions – none of this will impact the value you can draw from The Aspiring Advisor. The enclosed information applies to any consulting environment.
ALSO THIS IS NOT ONLY FOR SINGLES EITHER.
If you have a partner or family you want to spend time with, you are certainly not the only one. You will learn how to incorporate a successful consulting career into your preferred lifestyle.
What you’ll learn and why it matters
The Aspiring Advisor serves as the single reference guide for those starting in consulting. It provides a complete action plan, starting from the moment you have signed your work contract through to a junior consultant’s typical development curve.
THIS GUIDE IS ACTION-ORIENTED, AND READY TO BE APPLIED IMMEDIATELY.
READ IT, AND TAKE ACTION!
- Develop a crystal clear, realistic perspective of what your work environment will be like
- Understand all the pitfalls in office politics and how to network your way to success
- Get detailed guidance on how to produce impressive work products that keep your boss and clients happy
- Learn powerful time management techniques that every junior consultant can adopt without being subject to senior management discretion
- Get primed on everything you need to know to make sure your performance actually counts in year-end ratings
- Avoid ending up in a rat race by working smarter instead of harder with tried and tested approaches to managing time and delivering any piece of work
- Learn from my mistakes (and those made by fellow industry peers) through anecdotes and detailed lessons learnt
- Gain access to tools, checklists, and resources (many of them free!) that will make your life on the job infinitely easier
- Plan the career path that works for you
- Master the art of communication for results – to the point, requiring fewer follow-ups, and with protection for times “when the shit hits the fan”
The Aspiring Advisor guides you through a typical consultant’s development process from the first day at work through to the first promotion. Oh, and it covers a potential resignation too.
This guide consolidates specific do’s and don’ts based on interviews with junior and senior practitioners alike, and countless hours of having been on the job myself.
I have broken down the most commonly encountered challenges, and provide tried and tested solutions you can implement immediately. What has worked for others will work for you as well.
BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS NOT ABOUT CHEATING THE SYSTEM.
It is about understanding how the system works, and then acting upon it. Understand what is truly expected of you, how to deliver upon these expectations, and how to shine brighter than most people around you.
If you have just started your consulting career or if you are interested in learning how the industry really works,
then The Aspiring Advisor packed with practical insights is for you.
Don’t stop setting yourself up for success.
Your story has just begun!
What gets you into consulting is preparation. But don’t lose momentum and settle when you have secured the position. If you want rest, you are choosing the wrong career. Instead, take advantage of the lessons learnt from other practitioners. It’s your turn now!
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You could have a not-so-fancy lunch or get answers to burning questions like:
- What do clients and bosses look for in a good consultant?
- How important is good work really?
- How can I maintain a healthy work-life balance?
- Do I need to worry about unfair treatment from my peers or senior colleagues?
- How do I cover myself if need be?
- How do I build a network quickly?
- What are the people I should connect with, and how do I do this best?
- What should I do if there are no networking opportunities in my firm?
- Should I prepare anything before my first working day?
- How should I dress?
- What if I do a bad job on a project?
- How can I ensure my performance actually counts?
- What are ways to increase my odds at the year-end performance ratings?
- Should I volunteer for extra work, and if so how do I know what is meaningful?
- Should I decline requests from more senior colleagues, and how?
- What if I realize consulting is not for me?
Not to mention specific scripts and checklists for you to use immediately – and much, much more!
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This guide will take care of you, and you will love it. The Aspiring Advisor has all the answers to the problems you will have to deal with as a junior consultant.
Look, I didn’t figure out all of this by myself. I’ve found lots of different strategies that work, and this is where I share everything I’ve learned. All the tactics, useful tools, habits and much more.
If you find you are not getting answers to solve your situation, let me know and I’ll provide additional guidance or give you back your money — your choice.
BUT YOU WILL LOVE IT, AND IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO APPLY THE LESSONS, IT WILL WORK FOR YOU.
The Aspiring Advisor FAQ
WHAT COMES WITH THE BOOK?
You’ll receive a 290-page action-oriented guide and a suite of additional resources, including email script templates, checklists, and more. All files are digital, so you’ll receive them when you access the link provided in the book, and you can take them to use instantly. (Also you won’t have to pay shipping costs or wait for the mail.)
WHAT IF I AM NOT WORKING IN CONSULTING YET BUT WANT TO JOIN?
This guide is not directly going to help you land a job in consulting. There are other guides out there that explain in detail how to successfully pass assessment centers, or how to master the final interview. What this guide can provide you with is all the tools and resources that allow you to succeed in this career. So if you have not landed the consulting job yet, see this as an investment to provide you a perspective on how the industry works (lots of anecdotes included!) – or come back once you have signed your work contract.
DOES THE SIZE OF THE CONSULTING FIRM MATTER?
No. Of course, there are differences between working for a tier-1 or boutique consultancy. But none of this will affect the value you can draw from this guide. This guide is built upon principles that worked for others before and action steps you can and, in fact, should apply right from the start. What is important is what you can contribute to the firm yourself. The size of your firm is secondary to succeeding in this career.
WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN IN CONSULTING FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS?
Clearly, you have already gained practical consulting experience. Some parts of this guide will be a no-brainer from your perspective. However, while not designed for those more experienced, this guide can be highly useful nevertheless. Only 3 out of the 19 chapters are specifically addressed at those starting out. For example, from effective time management to how to network your way up and potentially how to exit the firm in style are all topics that apply regardless of the number of years you have been a consultant.
IS THIS FOR ME IF I WANT TO START MY CAREER IN CONSULTING AND THEN JOIN ONE OF MY CLIENTS?
A strong yes. This guide was created with you in mind. It is all about providing a perfect start into the consulting industry. Whether you want to leave the industry at some point or not, is completely up to you. In any event, I have included two chapters that give you a framework and specific action steps to take when you consider changing careers.
Just wow! I wished I would have had this guide when I started out.
– Consultant, 4 years of experience
Moritz really tells it how it is. Really helpful in setting the right expectations and learning what to focus on.
— Senior Consultant, 7 years of experience
Even though I’m not working in consulting, I have taken away a number of snippets that will make my work easier.
— Office Worker, 3 years of experience
Awesome! This should be compulsory reading in business schools.
— Consultant, 3 years of experience
It’s up to you now.
But you don’t have to go it alone!
I have collated all the bits and pieces I have learned over the years in this book. And still, you will run into challenges.
That’s why I was so careful to document what really works into this simple, easy-to-follow guide so you can duplicate the results that I and many others have seen – but also avoid the mistakes we have made along the way.
I am absolutely certain anyone just starting out in consulting will benefit from The Aspiring Advisor just as much as I did from the advice passed on to me – or more.
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