The most popular career paths to follow after consulting

The most popular career paths to follow after consulting

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Consulting can prepare you for a variety of high-profile careers. Based on movemeon’s proprietary data, the most popular post-consulting career destinations are big corporates, start-ups, freelance consulting and PE&VC.

Consulting is often a way to start a bright career in other industries.

Consulting is the perfect training ground for brilliant new graduates with top academic profiles. You work with some of the most capable people in business. The skills you develop are highly sought-after in the job market.

However, due to the high pressure on performance and the gruelling working hours, many people leave consulting after a few years. Often, they’re in search of other career paths where they can put their hard-earned skills to practice.

Which are the best career paths for alumni?

Big corporates

Big corporates are always looking for alumni. An experience in consulting will usually translate into you entering the company at a higher level compared with other people with your years of professional, but not consulting experience. The most typical function for consulting alumni is obviously strategy. But according to our analysis taken from people hired trough Movemeon, we can see that there are also other interesting functions for an ex-consultants, such as operations and product management.


The world of start-ups is an interesting realm for consulting alumni. Compared to consulting firms, they have a very different environment and approach to work. But the skills acquired in years of projects, data analysis and problem-solving make consultants perfect candidates for founding new start-ups or managing existing ones. This article offers some tips for consultants that want to start a career in a start-up.

Freelance consulting

After working for years in a consulting firm, even die-hard consultants, the ones who love every aspect of consultancy, might need a bit of a breather. They might also simply wish to be the commanders of their fortune. This is, indeed, a prime reason for why a lot of them decide to open their own boutique consulting firms or work as freelancers.

Private equity or venture capital

Many consultants develop very strong financial skills during their years in consultancy. These skills prepare them very well and make them very sought after, by financially-minded institutions like private equity or venture capital firms. Consultants’ financial skills, matched with their strong strategic outlook and consulting ‘toolbox’, make these bright individuals the perfect candidates for PE & VC funds.

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