The Rules and Rigors of Consulting

I did not start my professional career as a consultant, although I had the opportunity to. Upon receiving my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering…

I did not start my professional career as a consultant, although I had the opportunity to. Upon receiving my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, I had an offer to join a top business consulting firm in New York City. There were a number of reasons that I didn’t accept the offer, the top one being that while I had done very well in my academic career, achieving  a high grade point average and working for six summers as an engineer for a highly regarded construction company and as an I.E. for a printing plate company, I didn’t feel that I had the experience and knowledge base to go into a company as a consultant and tell people with 20 or 30 years of experience what they were doing wrong and how they should fix it. What came to mind was how to explain why my recommendations would be received when I had never had to changes and then live with my own decisions and actions. I felt that somewhere down the road this career might be in the offing, but not at that point in my career.

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