12 Reasons Why Becoming an IT Consultant is a Career Game-Changer
With so many opportunities in today’s red-hot job market, I.T. professionals may not realize the many advantages that consulting has to offer. But consulting is something that ALL I.T. professionals should consider… if you work with the right firm. Not all consulting firms are created equal! There’s a big difference in “contracting” (which might be what you think of when you think “Consulting”) and truly working for a high-value Consulting firm.
For an I.T. professional, the benefits to a career in consulting are immeasurable. Let’s look at some of the many reasons why you should strongly consider a career in Consulting as opposed to being a traditional “full-time employee” (FTE).
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1. Great Compensation… for EVERY hour you work!
Studies show that consultants often make more than their FTE equivalent. Because the skills you bring to the table have a specific value to the companies hiring you, you can earn more for those high-demand skills.
More importantly – as a tap|QA Consultant, you are paid for every hour you work. In corporate America, as a salaried employee, there is an expectation of working more than 40 hours to meet deadlines. But most salaried FTE’s don’t earn a penny more for those extra hours. You end up making the same salary whether you work 40 hours a week or 60. As a consultant, you can truly “earn what you are worth” for every hour of work you put in.
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2. Better work-life balance
We’ve found that clients very often do not want consultants working more than 40 hours a week due to set project budgets. The by-product of this is that consultants are often limited to just 40 hours a week, unlike their FTE counterparts who are often asked to work nights and weekends. This allows for more time outside of the office for family, friends, hobbies and other interests… all while earning the same salary as if you were an FTE working many more hours a week! (and if you do work more hours, you are paid more, as mentioned above!)
3. Much more work variety
There’s no question consulting offers more variety than full-time work. As a consultant, you can work with multiple companies, learn multiple toolsets, work with multiple teams (and personalities!) and learn different industries. Consulting engagements typically run 12-24 months, so in the span of a few years you’d have the opportunity to work with a handful of companies, all with unique nuances that help one adapt and grow as a professional!
4. Gain expertise with a multitude of tools and technologies
As a consultant with a consulting firm that focuses in a particular niche (like tap|QA), you have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge when it comes to new tools and tech. Consultants that demonstrate expertise tend to get their hands on new tech first, and have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of and learn from experts within their consulting firm.
5. Skills flourish, they don’t get stale
One of the biggest issues with full-time employment is that one’s role within a company can only evolve so much. It’s easy for technical skills to become stale if the company doesn’t invest in new tech. And by the time a company does make that investment, they often look to bring in people that have that expertise already – potentially leaving you in a dead-end role. As a consultant, your career can flourish in that you are constantly learning new skills – skills that have value with a multitude of potential clients.
6. You will build the BEST I.T. resume possible!
As a consultant, you prove time and time again that you can quickly get up to speed and immediately add value to the client you work at. That’s an immeasurably valuable trait for your career. It means that, in good times and not-so-good times, your resume will always rise to the top when companies look for people to impact business-critical projects for their organization. You will always be viewed as “a safer bet” than someone who spent a long time with one company, but hasn’t proven they can quickly adapt to another company’s culture and technical environment.
7. You have an entire team helping you find the next challenge
One of the reasons why people can be intimidated by consulting is the work that goes into finding a new engagement. Great consulting firms do all the hard work for you! They have long-tenured, successful professionals in the account management, delivery, and recruiting functions. These people are dedicated to successfully matching your skills with the right opportunities, and ensuring you are succeeding in your role with the firm. Your growth as a professional helps the firm’s growth as well!
8. You get a chance to work with great, innovative companies nationwide… here in MN!
This is not true of all local consulting firms, but one huge benefit to working with tap|QA is that we have a large roster of exciting clients nationwide, but most of our work is done here in Minnesota in our Testing Center. You get a chance to work with some really cool, innovative technologies, and you don’t have to look outside of MN to do it! It can really be the best of both worlds!
9. Ability to build a stronger career network
In our local I.T. market, the old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” can definitely apply when it comes to finding exciting work. As a consultant, you are exposed to many more I.T. leaders and professionals that you have an opportunity to build a long-term relationship than you would as an FTE within one company. And those people in your network can be instrumental in helping you grow throughout your career.
10. Throw away “The Corporate Ladder”
For many I.T. professionals, the distractions of corporate politics and “climbing the ladder” are an unwelcome distraction to their day-to-day work. As a consultant, your focus is to work with your client on the challenging work you enjoy, and stay away from the frustration of corporate politics for the most part. You still get to climb a “ladder” – but it’s based on your technical, interpersonal and professional growth, as opposed to “playing the game.”
11. Be a part of a culture built around people like you
Many I.T. professionals work for organizations where their function is to support the nature of the business… but that business has nothing to do with I.T. At tap|QA, we are a consulting firm founded by career QA professionals, and we have built our entire culture around the idea that we want to be the best possible home for QA professionals. Because of this, our QA consultants enjoy an atmosphere built for them, with constant challenge, great camaraderie, the never-ending chance to learn and grow, and most of all, a FUN place to come to work every day!
12. Be a part of something amazing. Make an impact and help a company grow!
One of the reasons people mention why they shy away from I.T. Consulting is because they want to “be a part of something.” That’s why consulting firms like tap|QA stand apart from the traditional “body shop” staffing firm. As an employee of tap|QA (a consultant, not a contractor) – you are a part of a fast-growing consulting firm, surrounded by other amazing QA professionals, and a culture built to help QA professionals succeed and grow. So it’s the best of both worlds – you are a part of an amazing consulting firm while having the opportunity to be a part of challenging projects with a great base of clients!
These are just some of the reasons why becoming a consultant is such a game-changing move. At tap|QA, we are growing rapidly and bringing in some amazing clients for our people to work at. We have a team of professionals dedicated to the career growth of each and every one of our employees. We are excited for you to check us out and are happy to share more about us!