Management Consultant

Management consultants study the methods, techniques and principles that guide a business towards achieving its objectives. They work independently and are approached by business to advise them on matters relating to general management, strategy, personnel, finance, marketing, sales, production and public relations.


Management consultants aim to improve an organisation's position or profile by helping to solve problems, manage change and improve efficiency.  They investigate problems and opportunities, offer suggestions and conceive action plans to be followed. They advise and guide management in overcoming problems relating to changing circumstances inside and outside the organisation. They have to expose difficulties and opportunities, submit possible solutions and show how these solutions should be applied.

The nature of their activities depends largely on the nature of the business client’s requirements of the consultants. Management consultants may be asked to analyse the structure of the firm in order to rectify problem areas or to advise and guide management in order to improve one or more of the firm’s functional areas such as marketing or financial control. They may be required to train clients’ personnel in certain fields.


The work environment of consultants can be divided into three typical situations:



  • those who are mainly office bound, such as financial consultants

  • those who also work at clients’ premises or on premises stipulated by the client

  • those involved with training of personnel, such as industrial consultants


Although the workload can be heavy, management consulting is a sociable profession with plenty of networking opportunities. The work involves conducting research, surveys and interviews, compiling and presenting information, analysing statistics, writing reports, making recommendations and  implementing new procedures or training.


Key skills for management consultants are commercial awareness, good numerical skills, attention to detail, analytical skills, excellent interpersonal skills, teamworking skills, IT skills, good oral and written communication skills and self-motivation.


A driving licence and foreign language abilities can also be useful.


Employment


  • management consulting firms

  • businesses, as a consultant for the management of the company

  • self-employment, with enough experience, can start own management consulting firm


Getting Started


  • arrange to speak to a management consultant about this type of career

  • develop your communication and computer skills

  • read as many financial, human resource, computer and management magazines and journals as possible


Programmes

Abm University College, Adventist University of Central Africa, AFDA, Afda Botswana, Africa Nazarene University, African International University, Akilah Institute for Women, Alliance International University, Archbishop James University College, BA ISAGO University College, Boston City Campus & Business College, Botho University, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Catholic Institute of Kabgayi, Catholic University of Eastern African, Cavendish University, Centre for Training and Projects Development (CTPD), Centurion Academy, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chuka University, Coastal KZN TVET College, Cornerstone Institute, CTI Education Group, CTU, Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, Damelin, Daystar University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Destiny International Business Institute, DMI-St.Eugene University, Durban Computer College, Egerton University, Embu University College, Gaborone Academy of Education, Great Zimbabwe University, Greenlight University, Gretsa University, Helderberg College NPC, ICESA City Campus, Imperial School Of Business and Science, Institute of Applied Sciences, Institute of Development Management, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (East), International University of Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kabarak University, Kaimosi Friends University College, KCA University, Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kepler Kigali, Kibabii University, Kibogora Polytechnic, Kigali Independent University, Kirinyaga University College, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology, Kyambogo University, Laikipia University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lira University, Lukenya University, Lyceum College, Maasai Mara University, Machakos University College, Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), Management University of Africa, Marist International University College, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Mega Size College, Meritorious Biz Tech College, Meru University of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Mauritius, Milpark Education, Moi University, Monash South Africa, Monitronic Success College, Mount Kenya University, Multimedia University of Kenya, Murang'a University of Technology, Mzumbe University, National University of Lesotho, Ndejje University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nile Institute of Management Studies Arua, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, Oval International Computer Education, Pan Africa Christian University, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Presbyterian University College, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Prestige Academy, Production Management Institute of Southern Africa, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Pwani University College, Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic, Regenesys Management, Regent Business School, Riara University, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology, Rosebank College, Scott Christian University, Solusi University, South African School of Motion Picture, South Eastern Kenya University, Southern Business School, St Paul's University, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Stefano Moshi Memorial University College, Strathmore University, Tangaza University College, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, Texila American University, The Co-Operative University, The East African University, Tom Mboya University College, TSIBA Education NPC, Tumaini University Makumira, Uganda Technology and Management University, Umma University, United States International University, University of Botswana, University of Cape Town, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Education Winneba, University of Eldoret, University of Iringa, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Kigali, University of Kisubi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Lusaka, University of Mauritius, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of Technology and Arts of Byumba, University of Technology Mauritius, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies, Varsity College, Web-Info-Net Institute of Technology, YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Zambia Catholic University, Zambian Open University, Zetech University, Zimbabwe Open University


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