Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Paul Harding from Public Appointments Service to give some advice for people considering this job:
Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are.
An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
From a very early age I was interested in computers, which was the reason behind wanting to pursue something in that area. However, when I was in my final year in secondary school, I took up Business as a subject, and found I had an aptitude in that area too. I still went with Computer Science in College, but when the time came to choosing a career path, I found myself looking into areas that combined both.
In hindsight, I would have liked to have studied Economics in college, but enjoyed Computer Science to a point. Management consultants come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. We have graduates from theroetical physics, through to arts. I took Geography, French, Physics and Chemistry in school, but could have picked anything in order to follow the career path I took.