I was delighted to be invited as a panellist for the Consulting Event held by Warwick Business School. Having enjoyed being a member of the panel in last year’s event, I was looking forward to doing it again. Arriving on the day at the Shard in London, I was ushered up to Warwick Business School’s impressive offices on the 17th floor. As it was a sunny spring day and the views of the London skyline were spectacular.
It was a great pleasure to meet my fellow panellists: Doug Clayton from Arcadis, Jen Stevenson from Virgin Care, Kevin Yuen from BAE systems, Paul Thomas from Grand Thornton, Phil Mennie from PWC and Andrew Vaid from Firestone Advisory.
Life as a Consultant:
We took our seats and as a panel, we each shared our unique routes into consulting. Each of us spoke about the work we have done so far and the challenges we have faced in our career. Some stories were insightful, some inspirational and some full of humorous anecdotes. Each of us gave a candid account of the journeys we have been on.
The students were clearly paying a lot of attention to what we had to say. When it was their turn to ask us questions, I was impressed with the range of questions they had for us. It ranged from the recruitment process in big consulting firms to advice on starting their own boutique firm. The students also asked us about our own careers, language skills, work-life balance and gender issues.
The students heard honest, behind-the-scenes accounts of a life of a consultant. They can thank Joao Baptista, Associate Professor of Information System and Course Director for arranging the consulting event.
I enjoyed interacting with students and answering their questions. There were prizes to be won. Every panel member chose a student, who had asked them the most interesting questions. These students each got a book. The student I chose received the book “Management Consultant: Mastering the Art of Consultancy” from me.
As a panellist and experienced consultant, I was there to give advice and discuss careers in consulting. I was pleased to see so much enthusiasm and talent in one room. The students showed critical thinking and good understanding of being a consultant. It was clear that doing MSc in Consulting at Warwick Business School was training them well for their future careers in the field.
Future is bright:
Above everything else, it gave me great pleasure to see so many young women aspiring to be consultants. As one of them told me, “We will not choose between family or work life, we want it both and we will make it happen!”
I am sure they will. I wish them the best of luck in their careers. Some of them could end up working at Brownsover Green one day.