Jumpstart your IT job search and land your dream job while your peers are still “freshening up” their resumes!
Proven techniques to land your dream job as a high-paid IT consultant—you don’t want to miss these, if you are serious about a career in IT!
Answers to IT consulting career questions most people fail to ask; actionable advice and real-life stories from seasoned IT consultants!
As a fresh graduate looking for your first job, if you just do what almost everybody else is doing…you will land a hellhole job with lousy pay, long hours, nasty coworkers, and exclusively clients from hell (because you thought it was your only option to go forward in your career). If you are serious and can apply simple instructions, this book can help you become a high-paid IT consultant in your dream job by the end of the month!
If you already have your first or second job in the field of IT, or even have 20 years of work experience, this book will tell you what a great option a career in IT consulting can be. With this book, you can find out why your current job is not satisfying your career aspirations and turn your career around for the better!
Containing lessons from a PhD with 12 years of experience and 15 000 billable hours from Accenture and Coala, this is the book movers and shakers in the IT industry are talking about. Recommended by university professors, last-year students, as well as seasoned consultants. Even my mom says you have to read this book or you have to answer to her!
Targeted Age Group:: 16-99
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
IT consulting as a profession is somewhat unknown to people in high school and even in graduate school. I, for one, did not know what consulting was about until years later. I want to remedy that for my part and tell you about the amazing variety of opportunities the field of IT consulting offers and shoot down some of the misconceptions.
I want you to know what it is like to work in the field. As a consultant, you could be working similar to that of an internal employee but using your expertise to benefit many clients. There are suitable positions in the field for many different kinds of personalities and preferences. If you are looking for a rewarding and interesting job that does not suck the life out of you (while still getting compensated adequately) IT consulting is an excellent option.
I also want to share my experience in getting an IT consultant position. During the years I have worked in the field, I have seen people get hired and fired. I have had numerous discussions and interviews with others (including recruiters, IT consultants, and people looking for a job) and learned from them. I have helped friends and acquaintances to get a foothold in the field. I have helped friends and acquaintances to get a foothold in the field and want to do you a similar favor.
A Helicopter View
The client was so happy. Yes, we had billed two Maybachs worth of consulting hours in the past few months, but they were worth it. My consulting assignment was about to finish and something completely different was to begin. At that moment, I had been employed by a well-known, global consulting giant for three-and-a-half years. By that time, I had worked in over a dozen projects, with almost as many clients.
Now, looking out from the helicopter window, I see the lights of Helsinki, quickly falling behind as the aircraft begins its 15-minute trip towards Estonia, the southern neighbor of Finland. I am no stranger to flying but have flown in a helicopter only once before. Flying at the scant altitude of only 2 000 ft over the dark sea is an unforgettable experience. Save for the occasional light from a passing ship, there is only water to see.
The recent history of the relatively young helicopter connection also spiced things up. The route had just been reopened after a Russian-made copter plummeted to the sea six years ago, killing everyone on board. Our team of consultants was now flying an Italian make, but I was not sure if that was supposed to be reassuring. Anyway, it was difficult to not feel excited.
We were going to celebrate a successful project in style. Having gotten bored of the restaurant scene in Helsinki, we instead took a helicopter to Tallinn, Estonia (just 80 kilometers away over the Gulf of Finland) and dined in the best restaurant in town. This time, the menu consisted of modern Asian delicacies. The food was so good we ended up ordering an extra round of the best courses.
Of course, I had not come to IT consulting for the sake of helicopter rides and great dinners (although such experiences are a more than welcome plus). But my years at the consulting giant had shown me that I love IT consulting. Even if we had zero helicopter rides and just ate broccoli, I would name IT consulting as my dream profession without skipping a beat.
This was in December 2011. Finally, I had landed a project of my own. I had learned more in that relatively short time than I had ever dreamed possible, growing from a relatively junior note-taker and documenter to managing a small team and handling customer relations independently. Working with the team was fun, and my supervisor was just amazing. He really knew how to keep his people happy.
Now, I knew what IT solution implementation projects were all about, having contributed to them in several different positions, such as designer and tester. I had worked with senior managers and executives in strategic architecture projects. I had gotten a public commendation and a bottle of champagne as the new joiner of the year coming directly from the university (literally true).
That moment was also three and a half years after I had refused a hard-won, paid PhD student position in a university and put my PhD thesis on hold, to change to a completely new career in IT consulting—as a surprise to all. Looking back, it was probably one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
It had not been an easy ride. Even with some client contact and project management experience from the research project, the learning curve in the years to come had been steep. Nevertheless, I had stood up to the challenges and gained experience one would probably not get in any other profession.
A Change of Gears
A year or so after that restaurant trip to Tallinn, there would be another major change. After working at the company for five years, I decided it was time to move on. I would be changing to a three-person (at the time, counting me) consulting firm called Coala to do solely architecture consulting (or so I thought at the time). In terms of getting that position, the experience was totally different from the traditional way of applying to the consulting giant. More about my job search in chapters to come.
At the time of writing, I have worked in IT consulting for over ten years. I have been involved with almost 30 client organizations and 50 projects. I have seen parts of the Finnish public sector, including a couple of ministries and assorted national security and safety authorities (that have to remain anonymous), as well as some of the largest companies.
After being employed at Coala for four years, I made a partner (the first and still the only employee to have done it). At the global consulting giant, I was invited to travel to the US to join to teach a two-week core consulting course for a few hundred new joiners. I have been invited to present at industry events in Finland, the largest boasting more than 300 participants.
There have also been a few surprises along this journey. While attending a core consulting course near Chicago, Illinois, I met my partner, with whom I have two children. We took turns flying to meet each other for six years every month or so—before finally settling in Helsinki. In the end, I also earned my PhD for my work on enterprise architecture, ten years after initiating the work (not an easy feat to do while engaged in full-time consulting work). In addition to two cities in Finland, my studies took me to live in the UK and Germany.
After all these years in the field, I can still say that IT consulting is a great profession. If you are looking for a rewarding and interesting job that does not suck the life out of you—while still getting compensated adequately—IT consulting is an excellent option. You can have a life that you want without giving everything to your work. Of course, for this to happen, you need to find a good company and a job that is a good fit for you and convince them to hire you. That is where this book comes in.
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