How to be a technology consultant in 5 easy(ish) steps
Aisling Tumelty, technology consultant, PwC. Image: Connor McKenna

How to be a technology consultant in 5 easy(ish) steps

3 Jan 2017373 Shares

Technology consultancy can be an exciting and varied job field, but how do you get into it? We have some insights and tips from PwC technology consultant, Aisling Tumelty.

Technology seems like a never-ending pool of options when it comes to your career. There are extremely tech-heavy jobs, such as coding, software development and data science, and then there are the business development and financial sides of tech.

But technology consultancy is a whole other spectrum completely, and one that can lead to an extremely varied and fruitful career. But what exactly does a technology consultant do? How can you become one? And what does a day in the life of a technology consultant look like?

A technology consultant advises clients on how to best use information technology (IT) practices to achieve their business objectives. In order to best optimise a client’s IT systems and practices, a technology consultant would also manage and implement strategies.

If you have decided to pursue a career in technology consultancy, we have a few skills and tips you need to get started, along with an insight into what a PwC technology consultant does on a daily basis.

Obtain a degree in IT

Ideally, a technology consultant would have a third-level education in an IT-related field, such as computer science, software development or computer engineering. Outside of an education, you will also need stellar communication skills, a good grasp of technological language and business acumen.

Gain experience

If you’re just starting out, it can seem difficult to gain experience, but there are plenty of entry level and graduate roles in technology consulting that will become your stepping stones. Any managerial or advisory experience may help you, along with your technological knowledge.

Know technology trends

A technology consultant not only needs to be on top of the latest technology trends, but the next best thing that’s coming down the pipeline. Become aware of and comfortable with new technologies as soon as you can. The most up-to-date knowledge and skills will give you a competitive edge in the industry. Once you become a technology consultant, don’t stop learning about emerging trends. Stay ahead of the curve to bring the best solutions to your clients.

Be flexible in your approach

According to Aisling Tumelty, a technology consultant with PwC, her job is all about flexibility. “Because you’re out with different clients all the time with different cultures and environments, you need to be able to adapt accordingly.” She also said variety can be the hardest part of the job when you have to “plan your life around that”. However, with a good technology and project management team, you should be able to adapt to the varied nature of the job.

Network

Networking is the final prong of the job. Tumelty says she uses communication and networking skills on a daily basis. Therefore, this is a must for any potential technology consultant. Whether you’re networking in the industry prior to getting your dream job, or networking with clients who you hope to work with, you need to be able to talk to them with confidence.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny is the Careers Editor at Siliconrepublic.com, although she prefers to be known as Careers Overlord. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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