By Jeffrey StrausserQ: I have a legal background but am not convinced that a career in law will be a good long-term solution for me. I have heard that a significant number of lawyers go into management consulting and ma wondering what management consultants do. Can you give me an idea of what that job entails?
A: Management consultants advise businesses how to run their companies. There are a wide range of management consulting firms specializing in helping clients with certain problems and situations. Sometimes a consultants work involves very short-term tactical tasks like helping to launch a new product. Other times, they stay with the company to see through their recommendations on, for instance, a three-year plan. This type of career requires strong interpersonal skills, good communications skills, and the ability to analyze and simplify a problem.