Consultancy exit opportunities and considerations

There are very few people who stay consultants forever. Be it for more comfortable working conditions, a specific interest in a different field of work or forced, when you are considering consultancy exits you might find that the possibilities are almost endless.


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Common consultancy exits

Because former strategy consultants are so wanted, it is almost impossible to speak of consultancy exit stereotypes. However, we find it useful to distinguish in 4 types of consultancy exits:

  • Corporates: A vast group of former consultants join large established companies, frequently in a strategy function
  • Investments: Many consultants leave consultancy for private equity or fund management
  • Startups: Frequently consultants exit to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit, and either start or join existing startups
  • Social sector: Social enterprises and not-for-profits are also popular exit sectors


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Consultancy exit considerations

Apart from the sector or type of company, the following considerations should be taken into account when you are looking for an attractive consultancy exit opportunity:

  1. Personal fit with the type of work: are you exited by the prospect of working in your new role day-in day-out?
  2. Working conditions, including working hours, required travel and salary
  3. Colleagues: Would you enjoy getting to know your future colleagues better?
  4. Growth opportunities: Looking five years ahead, will this job help you getting to wherever it is you want to go (if anywhere else)?


Consultancy exit timing

A common discussion is about the ideal timing of a consultancy exit. Should you exit post-MBA, as a project manager or should you become a partner?

This depends. We have seen fantastic exits from partners, but also heard complaints about difficulties finding a role with real P&L or line management responsibilities, and being stuck in an advisory or strategy role. The same is true for consultancy exit opportunities at the project manager level and the analyst level.


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