Do you want to learn how to kick start your career in consulting?

Do you want to learn how to kick start your career in consulting? Whether you are a new graduate or looking to transition from your current career to consulting; you’ve come to the right place!

In this week’s blog we will explore:

#1 What consultants actually do? Things that don’t get covered in the job description

#2 What are the different kind of consulting firms? Trust me, there are many. I have worked at a few myself.

#3 What kind of skills are important to be successful in consulting?

#4 Why you should consider working in consulting?

#1 What consultants actually do?

You would be consulting; no sh*t sherlock!

Let me break…


Endless calendar invites, back to back meetings, overwhelming diary. I share some tips on how I manage my calendar as a consultant.

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As a consulting manager with a few parallel running projects, there are endless issues to be dealt with at priority.

This can get quite overwhelming, to say the least, especially in this pandemic when everyone’s working remotely.

Part of my project is also being delivered from offshore hence there are time differences to be accounted for.

The following is a process that I created that’s serving me well. This helps me to prioritise my work stack and reduce noise.

I Broadly Follow These 3 Principles:

#1 Reducing attendance at recurring meetings

#2 Categorising important meetings

#3 Prioritising the calendar a week in advance

Let’s deep dive…


Continuous feedback is instantly better than perfecting yourself once a year.

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So, this version of Mark Twain’s quote in the headline should have spoken volumes already. But in case it hasn’t, let me share some further thoughts on this.

Continuous feedback is instantly better than perfecting yourself once a year.

Think of Agile delivery methodologies, iterative development, continuous integration and continuous development (CI/CD).

All of it is based on the premise that we learn and improve slightly regularly.

The same premise applies to giving and receiving feedback from our peers and colleagues.

This is infinitely more important in consulting, as receiving and acting on feedback quickly could change the course of…


Learn a few simple tricks to make your inbox clearance a productive activity.

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As a manager in Consulting with a few parallel running projects, I receive over 700 emails a week.

The process that I created early on in my career is serving me well. As it helps me to prioritise my work stack and reduce noise.

I Broadly Follow These 3 Principles (Inspired By Tim Ferris’ 4-Hour Workweek):

#1 Eliminating noise before delegating

#2 Prioritising by categorising

#3 Be efficient by batching

Let’s deep dive into each of these principles.

#1 Eliminating noise before delegating

A significant number of items from my inbox will be delegated to my team members. But it’s important to eliminate the noise before you delegate. Otherwise, you’ll waste your teams’ time.

Elimination can be…


People are stressed from work even more than financial and debt-related problems.

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Research conducted by mind (the mental health charity) has found that:

People are stressed from work more than even financial and debt-related problems.

What an eye-opener?

Consulting like many professions is known to have a demanding working culture and poor work-life balance. This inevitably adds to the stress and anxiety.

Going back to the aforementioned study, only 20% of the people suffering from stress would go on to take a day off sick. They’d also cite other reasons for their absence.

I guess calling in sick because you feel stress or overwhelmed is still seen as taboo!

Before I share…


In today’s digital world, the right to liberty and security depends on your right to data privacy. If you can’t own your data, then you’re unable to exercise this right.

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It’s fair to say, that data privacy is your basic human right? It surely can’t be as important as freedom of speech or the right to life?

Every right isn’t created equal; however, they’re equally as important. Breaching some is life-threatening whilst others impact our core values as a society. Eroding some is a step in the direction of eroding others.

Take, for example, the regular ban of the internet to avoid people orchestrating a public protest. This happened in India, Myanmar and Belarus, the snowball effect of which led to regular breaches of other human rights.

Why tell you…


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The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by 2025, there’ll be 175 Zettabytes of data in the world.

If you didn’t know what a Zettabyte is; don’t worry, neither did I. After a quick Google, turns out it’s 175 followed by 21 zero “bytes” or 1 Zettabyte = 1 trillion Gigabytes.

Another earth-shattering fact is that data is the most valuable asset on earth.

In this week’s blog, I want to share the 3 main reasons why data is the most valuable asset:

#1 Data Is Knowledge & Knowledge Is Power

#2 Data Is Making The World A Different Place

#3 Data Is Being Monetised On a Large Scale

Let’s dive into each of these:

#1 Data Is Knowledge & Knowledge Is Power

Much can be said…

Hanzala Qureshi

Digital Consultant | Data Evangelist | Productivity Hacks in Management Consulting | Sign Up to my Newsletter @ hanzalaqureshi.com

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