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A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Last Updated: May, 2014

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Business and financial project management professionals specialising in finance & investment analytics, risk analytics, credit, fraud analytics or related and relevant specialist skills, qualifications or experience

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Mgt. Consultants, Business Analysts & Project Managers

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Business and management consultants; financial risk analysts; project managers; research support officers

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8,400

Part time workers: 5%
Aged over 55: 9%
Male / Female: 65 / 35%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 95%
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Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.


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Operations Consultant  

Maria Kinsella-White works as an Operations Consultant for McDonald's. Following her Leaving Certificate she did a Diploma in Accountancy and Computer Technology, a Secretarial Course and Various computer courses (Excel, Word, Outlook, AS400 etc). She is responsible for providing leadership and direction for six restaurants, to maximise their long-term sales and profit potential and to build a positive business relationship with Restaurant Managers and the Restaurant Management Team.

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Business consultants help businesses and organisations to solve problems, improve efficiency and manage changes to the way they work. Work will involve heloping clients with a wide range of business areas, for example such as planning and strategy, finance, productivity, marketing and IT. 

Projects can vary depending on the type of business, but you may typically:

  • 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 to put recommendations into place 




 


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  • excellent communication and 'people' skills
  • problem solving ability
  • a high level of numeracy and IT skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • confident presentation skills
  • tact and diplomacy
  • a persuasive manner
  • effective written communication skills
  • the flexibility and stamina to work long hours when necessary
  • integrity and the ability to inspire confidence in clients
  • good commercial awareness.


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Business Consultants offer particular expertise in their role. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Business Management, Project Management and Finance is required.

In order to gain membership to the Instutute of Management Consultants and Advisors a post graduate course in business and related dicisplines is required. See list below:

UCD - Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • M. Sc. in Management Consultancy
  • Masters in Business Administration 
  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management & Planning

DCU Business School

  • M. Sc. in E-Commerce
  • M. Sc. in Marketing 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Business) 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Cloud Computing & Commerce)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Digital Marketing)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Innovation & Social Enterprise)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Strategy)

DCU Ryan Academy

  • Business Innovation Programme (Innovation Management)

DIT Graduate School of Business

  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management
  • Experience in Finance, or

  • Experience in Sales and/or Recruitment

Also, many business consultancy roles deem experience of Crystal reports or MS SQL server as very beneficial.

Last Updated: March, 2015


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Organisation: Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA)
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