What do you find the most positive thing about consultancy?
Being able to apply your previous knowledge and learning to your current projects. It is very rewarding to put your experience to good use at different customers.
It’s like you’re creating your own puzzle with many different pieces while at the same time, that puzzle continues to expand as well. You’re not limited to just one thing, one topic or one task. It never ends, which to me, makes it all the more interesting. There’s always something new to discover.
What was the most challenging bit about switching to consultancy?
Because consultancy was new and unknown to me, I feared that I might have to step too far out of my comfort zone. But this turned out to be no issue at all. As I mentioned, I’m working on 2 big projects right now in 2 different industries, which gives me a good deal of variation but also a solid foundation. Maintaining a clear overview on 2 multi-year-long projects is very doable. It feels quite balanced like this to me.
I want to point out that as a newcomer to consultancy, I was glad to receive a lot of guidance and coaching as well. You’re not thrown in at the deep end. Your close leadership follows up on you and provides guidance where needed.
It’s quite enjoyable to know there’s always other routes to pursue as well. You don’t have to stick with just one domain or area of expertise. There’s room to move and do other things, explore other SAP modules, do other types of tasks, learn something new…
What do you consider to be essential traits for any good consultant?
An open communication style is important. As a consultant you need to be able to communicate well with your delaware colleagues as well as with the many contacts at the customer. You need to be able to collaborate with a lot of people and in the meantime work towards the objectives of the project.
You better don’t shy away from presenting to groups, which you will have to do regularly.
Lastly, you have to be willing to learn something new continuously. The learning never stops. For example, I’m now investigating a novel approach for one of my customers. Something which hasn’t been done before and which I’m exploring for the first time.