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Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?

 
#1 Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?
06/03/2005 11:48

Jay

Hi I am 25, currently in the process of reconsidering my career options and have a keen interest in joining Business Consultancy. I have been looking at websites, articles and magazines and have an idea of what it has to offer which sounds great!!! I graduated with a degree in Finance (India) and further did my Msc in Business Management (UK).But from my research and comments from friends and colleagues and on this web page, I am a bit concerned that I might not get good response from this Industry due to my marital status.!!?? Can anyone please advise and perhaps help me prove that this is not the case. Any responses would be much appreciated. Regards Jay

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#2 Re: Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?
07/03/2005 00:48

consultant

Consultancies like to hire young single people that will work a stupendous amount of hours early in their career. This generates more billable hours and shows project/client commitment. Once promoted an analyst will move up the ranks and it is at Consultant/Senior Consultant level that people tend to get married some leaving it as late as manager. That said your marriage should not hinder your career. You are still just in your twenties.

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#3 Re: Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?
07/03/2005 21:55

Richard

If you are going to make a good con, it's your choice of career that will hinder your marraige, not the other way around! Don't be phased by it, but there's not a married con alive who'll say it's an easy ride on the domestic front. Take heart...there's a million single cons out there who have next to no chance of finding a wife while they're in the job. Ironic, eh?

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#4 Re: Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?
09/03/2005 01:03

Chris

Hi Jay

Being married does not automatically disqualify you for life as a consultant. In fact, there is no hard and fast rule that firms would not hire married people. Also depends on the firm (naturally). Having said that, there are two reasons why firms would prefer singles over married people.

Consultants need to be mobile. The nature of the job requires us to be pretty much at the mercy of our clients, wherever they may be. You may have a lunch appointment with your wife on Wednesday, but at 10am that morning you hear that you need to take the only flight out to Country X at 1pm.

Secondly, networking is even more important than in the average other industry. As a consultant, you are required to be able to work with a variety of your colleagues, many of which you hardly have the chance to get to know until you're actually on a project. Which means you'll need to take every reasonable opportunity to go out for a drink, dinner, etc. This could easily be misunderstood as being a party-animal (although sometimes that, too, helps).

The moral of the story: by all means make your move into the industry, but know the firm you are applying with. Also realize that consulting life will always be a strain on your family life. Ultimately, it is up to you.

Hope this helps.

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#5 Re: Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that s
11/03/2005 10:14

Dennis

There is no bias against married consultants; however, during interviews and continuously during your work you evaluated on your committment to the job. Being a consultant is not a 9-5 job. You will have to spend loads of extra hours in the office as well as numerous weekends and nights meeting project deadlines.

As said earlier, it's not your marriage that will be straining the job, it's the other way around - buy hey, they say that MBAs are greater contributors to broken relationships than consulting jobs.

Consultancies have a high staff turnover and they are always looking for highly talanted staff. If you fit the bill, your marital status is of no importance as long as the company feels that you will be committed to the job.

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#6 Re: Consultancy - limited opportunities for young married people! Is that so?
13/03/2005 23:25

dubyadubyadubya

Decisions about employment and career progression in consultancy that are solely based on marital status are narrow minded. Obviously people tend to get married as their careers and age progress and this general trend happens as you go up the consultancy career ladder. However there are also many exceptions to this, and people often get married later in ageing populations, so it is reasonable to remain open minded about this. Some top consultancies are increasingly open-minded. Why not make decisions based on a consultant’s ability?

For these reasons and others, we should be open minded about this and tolerate the views of others. Marrying somebody simply because you are a consultant, manager, director or other grade also seems to be a narrow way of life. Why not consider what a person is, or for unmarried people would be like, to be married to?

For longer answers it might be an idea to consult a marriage counsellor. However my experience of working in a consultancy with two married people was not negative. The first question was quite funny. However do you think that actually having the ceremony in the consultancy would have then been a limiting experience?

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