Management consultants provide advisory services to organisations (public, private and not-for-profit) regarding management problems, challenges and opportunities.
To become a management consultant you usually have to complete a degree in commerce, business or business administration with a major in management, entrepreneurship or human resource management. You could also consider a course with a major in economics. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks. If you wish to work in the manufacturing industry, degrees in industrial, manufacturing and production engineering may also be relevant.
Management consultants may perform the following tasks:
Management consultancy work is sometimes carried out by people who are employed in another capacity, such as engineers, personnel workers, technicians, computer programmers or systems analysts. When assessing an organisation's systems, they may have to work at that organisation's premises.
Management consultants may work with a consultancy firm, or may be self-employed. They may also find employment with government departments and commercial or industrial organisations. Most employment opportunities are in metropolitan areas. Job opportunities depend on the level of business activity, industry restructuring and advances in technology that require changes to workplace practices and systems.