Management consultant apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipapplying directlya graduate training scheme
It may be useful to have a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:
A postgraduate qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA), may also be helpful.
- business studies
- project management
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You could do a junior management consultant higher apprenticeship and work your way up as your experience grows. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent.
You can apply directly to become a management consultant or set up your own business if you've got relevant work experience in:
- business management or finance
- human resources
- project management
You may be able to join a graduate training scheme straight from university. Competition for places on schemes is strong, so you'll find it helps if you have:
- a minimum of an upper second class degree in a subject like business studies or business management
- evidence of analytical, planning and communication skills
- relevant work experience from placements, internships or temporary jobs
- foreign language skills are highly valued, as many firms work with international clients
Management consultant apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- business management skills
- analytical thinking skills
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to use your initiative
- customer service skills
- the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
- the ability to work well with others
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Management consultant apprenticeships - what you'll do
On a typical day you might:
- meet clients to discuss what they need
- carry out research to gain an understanding of the client's business
- interview managers, staff and customers
- collect and analyse data, and prepare reports
- identify and investigate issues, and plan how to tackle them
- highlight areas for improvement
- create computer models to test possible business solutions
- present recommendations to the client
- agree a course of action with the client
- provide ongoing support to the client
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Management consultant apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a partner in a management consultancy, work freelance or set up your own consultancy firm.
You could become a member of the Institute of Consulting and apply for certified management consultant status.