An employee story by Andrey Averyanov
As I reflect on my career journey, one pivotal decision stands out—choosing to work in consultancy. It was a leap of faith that has shaped my professional trajectory, providing me with growth opportunities and a level of versatility that I could never have imagined. After working 8 years in supply chain within different multinationals, I want to share my experiences and highlight the advantages I have found working in consultancy, shedding light on why this path may be the key to unlocking your own career potential.
Leaving the comfort of a stable industry job was not an easy decision, but it was a decision that changed everything for me. As I made the transition to consultancy, I discovered a world of endless possibilities. One of the greatest advantages I found was the broad exposure and diverse experiences that consultancy offers. From collaborating with clients across various industries to solving complex challenges on a multitude of projects within different areas of supply chain management, everyday was a new adventure. During the first year I was already exposed to chemical, packaging and pharmaceutical industries, executing projects in planning systems integration, S&OE design, supply planning, and inventory management. This exposure allowed me to continually expand my knowledge, adaptability, and problem-solving skills—a far cry from the limitations of a narrow single-company focus.
Consultancy is a breeding ground for continuous learning. Consultancy firms are at the forefront of industry best practices and innovation. By working in this environment, I have been exposed to cutting-edge strategies, emerging technologies, and industry trends. The opportunity to shape industry practices and contribute to organizational efficiency has been immensely rewarding. This exposure to innovation has not only kept me ahead of the curve but has also positioned me as a thought leader within my field. Comparing with typical work within industry, the consultancy advantage lies in the ability to build learning and discover innovative solutions via diverse and expansive network that transcends organizational boundaries.
Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of consultancy is the flexibility it offers. The ability to choose projects, clients, and even locations has allowed me to strike a harmonious work-life balance. This flexibility has empowered me to pursue personal passions, invest time in my family, and explore new opportunities, all while excelling in my professional endeavors.
Choosing the consultancy path has been a transformative experience, propelling my career to new heights. The advantages of working in consultancy—broad exposure, continuous learning and innovation, and flexibility—have enabled me to carve a unique and fulfilling professional journey. After 3 years in consultancy, I urge you to consider these advantages and unlock the unprecedented growth and versatility that await you. Embrace the unknown, step outside your comfort zone, and embark on a journey that will shape your future in ways you never thought possible.