Is consulting for me?
August 25, 2011 9:26 AM Subscribe
Management consulting for lawyers. Is there any path for early mid-career lawyers (5-10 years out) in management consulting? Is management consulting for me?
posted by yarly to Work & Money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about a career shift. I really like to dive in to research and writing projects, but I like frequent change too, and while I need structure and deadlines, I also need independence. From what I know about it, management consulting might fit the bill.
Things I like to do at work: research, write, investigate, analyze/theorize, persuade/negotiate, work with or for really smart people, work under deadlines, work on small-scale projects (so that I can see success sooner & more concretely), make cold-calls to random interesting folks.
Things I don't like to do at work: go to meetings, deal with office politics, do "outreach" or "trainings", plan things involving a million details, work under a micromanager or in an overly consultative environment, work with technology, work on vague projects with no goals, not have control over the intellectual/strategic direction of my projects, be in an overly macho/male-dominated environment.
One deal-breaker here may be that I don't want to work excessively long hours -- I can deal with some weekends and regular 10 hour days, but more than say 50 or 55 hrs in a standard week would be too much. Occasional crunch-time (say once a quarter) would be ok, but then I'd have to drop back to normal hours.