The IT Consulting Field One-Time Job, or a Career Path? CS460 Software Development and Project Management 12/07/2005 Daniel Kelly
Why the IT Consulting Field? • Bruce’s Fault • Guest Speakers all about Permanent Hire • Personal Goals are Consulting • Didn’t know much about it • Do have some contacts with one company
Introduction • What is the difference between Consulting and Staffing Companies?
Trends in Consulting • Trends in the past (pre-Ecommerce boom) • Trends in the Future • Impacts of Offshore Outsourcing
Consulting Definitions • Contract • Contract to Hire • Direct Placement
Consulting Contractvs.Consulting Permanent • Comparison Criteria • Advancement Opportunities • Benefits Offered • Education Opportunities • Salaries
Pros vs. Cons of Consulting • Pros • Latest Technologies • Meet Variety of Professionals • Prestigious Companies • Higher Pay • ‘Boom’ During Economic Expansion • Freedom • Make New Contacts In Many Companies • Get to be the Expert / Hero
Pros vs. Cons of Consulting • Cons • Job Security • Time off between projects = Lost Wages • Projects Can End Suddenly • Constantly The ‘New Guy’ • Expected to be the Expert • Inter-Office Politics • Sometimes Supply Own Benefits • Your reputation follows you
Local Consulting Companies TEK Systems Exacta Corporation Stratagem Greenbrier & Russel Inacom (One Stop Shop)
How to Become a Consultant 1. Contact Consulting Firms and/or post resume online • (thingamajob.com, monster.com) 2. Review any Opportunities and choose a Firm 3. Set up Interview with Consulting Firm • Negotiate Contract with Firm 4. Firm Presents individual to the Client
How to Become a Consultant cont. 5. Interview with the Client 6. Get Hired 7. Complete Project 8. Bench or Next Project
Frequently Asked Questions • Assembled from various web sites
Interview With A Consultant Media Clip: Describe your Background?
Interview With A Consultant Media Clip: What’s Your Worst Experience?
Interview With A Consultant Media Clip: What’s Your Best Experience?
My Plan • Consulting after Graduation • Contract at First • Contract To Hire Eventually
Resources • Internet Links • http://www.careerjournal.com/jobhunting/strategies/20040506-gunn.html • http://www.computerworld.com/careertopics/careers/report/0,11188,10242005,00.html • http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11180-0.html?forumID=77&threadID=14425&start=0&tag=search • http://www.computerworld.com/careertopics/careers/story/0,10801,105488,00.html • http://career.thingamajob.com/becoming-a-contractor.aspx/Consulting-vs-Permanent-employment.aspx • http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=NAWLJWRUUCDFOQSNDBECKH0CJUMEKJVN?articleID=161501030 • Interview • James Murray at Tek Systems