As an engineer would it be difficult to come back to an engineering job after being working in consulting?

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Sayde Aguilar asked on Dec 09, 2019

Hi everyone, I am about to graduate as an engineering but I would like to try consulting. I am afraid that in some years I want to return to engineering jobs but I can not do it, do you have any experience on that? Regards, Sayde

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 09, 2019
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Hi Sayde,
working in management consulting will make you more appealing for PM roles than technical ones, in case of application in engineering companies, since you are going to not stress anymore technical skills.

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Antonello

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Clara
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Hello!

I think it depends on how "techinical engenieering".

If we are talking about, for instance, a field job in a petroleum plant, then it won´t help you, since in consulting you would not be doing anything related.

However, if it is not something that technical, a consulting background can even make your profile more appealing, particularly for senior jobs -where, sometimes, very skilled engenieers are not the best managers, since they are missing management skills that consulting would give you-. Same goes for PM roles.

Hope it helps.

Cheers,

Clara

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