- Koen Vanpraet, a professional business consultant who has helped create and implement business and management structures for the industry’s big players, granted us an interview.
- Koen Vanpraet has explored different management styles, tried different strategies, managed many teams, and pushed them to their full potential.
Business and management consulting are some of the most fulfilling and profitable career paths anyone can take. There are a lot of skills necessary to learn before consulting businesses as a career, and it is not a business just anyone can hop into and succeed in.
Koen Vanpraet has been a professional business consultant for many years and has been hired by some of the most successful businesses in the world. Koen Vanpraet has helped create and implement business and management structures that have become some of the most popular strategies in the industry.
I wanted some advice on how to start a career in management consulting for businesses, so I asked Koen Vanpraet for an interview which he agreed to, and now I’ll share it with you.
How many years does it take working in management before someone should consider being a management consultant?
Koen Vanpraet: This is a case of quality over quantity. Someone can be a manager for ten years, but if they’ve kept the same management style and put in the bare minimum effort the entire time, they should just stay where they’re comfortable.
However, suppose someone has been a manager for ten years, explored many styles, tried out different strategies, managed many teams, and pushed them to their full potential. In that case, that person should consider a career in consultation.
It sounds like a management consultant should be pretty self-motivated, is that correct?
Absolutely, they need to be the type of person to go above and beyond. They also need quite a bit of confidence. A business isn’t going to hire someone who thinks they might have the answer to their questions and the keys to success.
A business is looking for someone that knows what will work, and if they don’t know what will work, they know how to figure out what works.
Does the industry matter when becoming a management consultant?
Yeah, of course. You’re not going to use the same strategies in IT that you’ll use in construction, for example. You’re managing different types of people, the projects are different and have different demands, and there will just be a lot of small things that will be different.
So do you think that someone should specialize even more in a particular field when starting a management consultant business?
Yeah, definitely. If you come from an IT or coding background, you should think about becoming a consultant for IT companies. What you can do is market yourself towards those companies, show projects that you’ve managed and have completed, and explain how your management style is what drove the success of those projects.
You really need to be able to bring that expertise to the table. With that being said, there are some industries where management skills will cross over, and you’ll likely understand which industries those are if you’ve worked in them.
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So once you’ve got the skills, how do you find work in management consultation?
Well, the same way you get a job anywhere, really, if you’re an entrepreneur, you have to market! Create a website, post your portfolio and resume, and send out cold emails and cold calls.
Look into SEO, and copyright put out blogs and content that will get you noticed by companies that are searching for consultation. You’re pretty much going to want to do a deep dive into digital marketing, but things will get easier after you’ve successfully worked with a few clients.
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