Do you want to become a consultant and travel the world? It's a great way to gain experience and build relationships, but it also requires a significant investment of time and energy. Depending on the company, you can expect to travel anywhere from one day a week to four days a week. Business class flights are usually available, but you may also have to fly economy class. You can also expect to attend dinners and meetings, and you may need to stay in the office or on customer sites for up to 80% of your time.
At management consulting firms, you can expect to travel 3-4 days a week. You'll be able to fly in business class and stay in luxury hotels, but you'll also have to attend long meetings and work dinners. You'll need to be disciplined and organized in order to make the most of your time. You may also be able to influence personnel decisions starting on day one of your work at the firm.
If you're in a consulting business, the amount of travel will vary depending on the company and project. You may be able to accumulate points with airlines and hotels, which can help you travel in style. However, it's important to find a balance between asking for new experiences, managing your time, and preparing for long nights or occasional weekends. Consulting is about establishing connections with people as much as it is about work.
Sheila is a senior consultant in the health counseling practice of Ernst & Young, where she works with health organizations across the country focusing on operational efficiency issues. She has maintained Delta Platinum Medallion and Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite status for more than 10 years after leaving Bain. If you want to continue making travel a priority after consulting, having the status you have obtained is an excellent starting platform. The moment you stop advising is the time you'll lose it, unless you plan to continue spending on credit cards with travel rewards.