Hectic. I guess most would agree with me. A day of a technology consultant is dynamic, full of new learnings, ever-emerging new challenges, and many more.
Before we dive further, let me refresh your memory on who a tech consultant is.
Well, first thing first, tech consultants belong to a family of consultants. Thus they have a lot in common with a typical consultant.
Moreover, a tech consultant has technical skills and knows one or more technical domains very well.
For example, an enterprise architecture consultant is expected to have a good level of proficiency in business architecture frameworks, IT standards, and governance.
Stats on boosting tech consulting:
If you do a quick LinkedIn search, you will come across a lot of tech consultant positions in companies like Big Four, Accenture, etc.
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It is not a secret that they are in fact the top technology consulting firms in the world. If you are looking to get into this business, you better consider starting your career in one of them.
Ok. Enough I talked about a tech consultant. If you want to learn more, feel free to check our earlier blog post where we cover this question in detail:
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What does a day of a technology consultant look like?
A day of a technology consultant is generally different from day-to-day. Tech consultants work in different industries solving varying business problems with a different set of technologies.
I listed a few activities that depic what a day of a tech consultant looks like.
1. Delivering projects
That is the primary role of a technology consultant. To perform your role at the best on a given project. Where you solve clients’ problems through innovative solutions and technologies.
Sometimes, you may be involved in multiple projects at the same time, depending on your allocation for each.
Depending on the nature of the project, you may find yourself doing a number of things. I’ve summarized a few below:
- Consult with key stakeholders to understand their business needs
- Talk in detail with their technology staff that you understand their technology landscape
- Gather data and insights through research, surveys, and interviews
- Run analyses, make PowerPoint presentations, and pitch solutions to your clients
- Keep yourself on top of technical developments and best practices in the sector
2. Joining a couple of meetings in the diary
Usually, you see that your agenda is quickly filling up with meeting invites you receive. You have to be very diligent in managing your agenda. Which your colleagues and clients can easily flood with new invites.
Generally, you will have a couple of meetings a day which you cannot skip or postpone. Such as attending meetings with the client for status updates, follow-ups. Or get together with the project team to follow up on the project deliverables, timelines, budget, blockers, etc.
These meetings take from your time. Make sure you understand the value they bring. Meeting that makes the most sense are the ones where you discuss the client’s needs/questions, possible solutions, course of action, etc.
3. Meeting new people and building your network
This is one of the most natural parts of being a consultant. Inevitably, you meet new people, within your organization and outside and your clients, prospects, events you attend and so.
A good tech consultant does not take it for granted. Building a strong network, nurturing your relationships, leaving good impressions on the people you meet with, can convert into business opportunities.
In fact, this is in the DNA of consultants and it is what distinguishes the top tech consulting firms.
They have a network of consultants across the globe, that when a given office does not have the resources they need on-site, they can easily reach out to the global network and find people easily in a few days.
4. Traveling for work/training purposes
Consulting business is featured by working across a different project which may have different locations. Usually, that is in your contract, but you are expected to travel at times, to your clients, inside or outside your country of residence. You can easily find yourselve traveling across the globe. Through at pandemic times, it is not that easy.
5. Pursuing new opportunities
Depending on your rank (e.g. you are a managing consultant), you will try to bring new business to the firm. This is what keeps the consulting business running.
Consultants, from bottom to top, bring business in two ways:
- Extension of existing projects (cross-selling)
- New wins through RFPs coming your way
You are an active listener who listens to clients carefully, spot if there are opportunities that you could address which could potentially result in new sales.
Also, you will frequently find yourself as part of the pursuit team who reserve a room, get together to study the client’s request, gather tons of materials, building a nice presentation deck, and submit to the client. This can take from days to weeks depending on the size and complexity of the opportunity.
5. Developing yourself and others
As a tech consultant, you certainly need to keep developing yourself. You need to remain abreast of trends, take every opportunity to learn new skills / pursue certifications, organize community meet-ups and contribute to developing your team.
Now you have know what a day of consultant look like. Keep in mind that as a consultant you should have strong communication and presentation skills. And you should always be eager to learn and adopt new ideas/technologies, problem-solving/analytical skills, hawk-like eyes to pick up details, and decision-making skills. Lastly, you’ll need to be passionate about technology!
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