Finding out what it's really like to work as a consultant is tough. There are so many firms out there, so many different types of work that seem to be called "consulting". Not to mention figuring out why your experience is relevant to a consulting firm!
Even once you've decided that consulting is the right next step for you, there's still a lot to understand.
How should you apply to your perfect firm so you don't drop out at the CV stage? What preparation do you need to do for interview? How will you be successful from day one when you do get the job?
You might be wondering why you should think about becoming a consultant in the first place
Picking the right next step after the military is a big decision. You've poured years of time, effort and passion into your career already. You want to find a role outside the military that values your experience and expertise, enables you to keep learning, and gives you the lifestyle you want - for you and your family.
Consulting isn't for everyone. But, for the right person, it's a superb next step. Consulting firms are always rocket keen to hire ex-military people.
Why is that? You know what it's like to be part of a high-performing team - consulting can be intense, high pressure, and demanding. Pulling together as a team of experts is critical in that environment. Your ability to structure and plan work, often in truly stressful situations, is second to none. You can communicate clearly, build empathy and trust, and influence others. You're resilient. The list goes on...
But is consulting right for you personally? If the attributes in the paragraph above describe you, then it could well be! As well as that, you need to have a willingness to learn, the ability to apply your expertise in a totally different environment, and the drive to go down a new path.
Ok, sounds great, what's the catch?! There isn't one. Consulting is a great career, one that we have deep expertise in and have loved. It can be hard work at times, but it provides incredible learning opportunities. And it pays well! The challenge isn't so much in doing the job, it's in getting the job.
Consulting is really competitive. The top firms will get over 100 applicants for every person they hire. Finding a way to stand out from the crowd is critical! That starts with being able to identify what it is you want from a firm, and what you have to offer a firm, with pinpoint accuracy. With no inside knowledge, that can be really tough to do.
If you're lucky enough to get an interview, then you have to nail it - no second chances! Consulting firms interview in a very specific way, particularly case study interviews. This is also a time when you need to show that you understand how a consulting project runs, and how you'll be able to help win new work for the firm.
With the right preparation and a focus on the right firm for you, you'll get a job offer. Well done! When you start you have to be ready to hit the ground running - knowing exactly how you will do that is key to quickly building a reputation as a valued member of the team.
This might feel pretty daunting. We're here to help.
We created the EndEx courses exactly for people like you. They are designed to help you understand if consulting is the right option for you after the military, to help you get a job with your perfect firm, and to help you hit the ground running to become a great consultant. Once you've completed our courses - and the practical exercises - you'll have a detailed, crystal-clear plan for getting a consulting job. Plus you'll have the confidence to approach firms, armed with your knowledge of how consulting works and why you're valuable to them.
Our content is split into three separate courses. We did this to help those of you early in your journey, and also those who are preparing to apply and interview for consulting roles.
Our free course "What is Consulting?" gets you started. With 17 individual videos and an exercise you'll learn what we mean by consulting, the different types of firms, and examples of real consulting projects. We also give you the inside track on what life is like as a consultant, plus in-course Q&A with our instructors and your fellow learners.
Introduction To Consulting is for those who want to get real clarity on what consulting is, and why it suits service leavers! This is a self-directed course, with an online community & support, that arms you with deep understanding of the industry, different types of consulting firms, what life is like as a consultant, and the value of military skills to consulting firms. It includes 55 individual videos, 4 practical exercises, and a lively community of fellow learners discussing their move into consulting.
Service Leaver to Consultant is for those preparing to apply and interview for consulting roles. This is a hands-on bootcamp, combining 4 live working sessions with 67 video lectures and 3 practical exercises including developing your personal Interview Action Pack. It requires a serious commitment and we only accept people who are ready to invest the necessary time to land their perfect consulting job. If you're ready for that then click here to learn more.
In this course we show you exactly how to get invited to interview at your target consulting firms, including developing a perfect consulting CV, and then how to ace the interview by demonstrating deep knowledge of how consulting firms win and deliver client work. Through collaborative workshops with your cohort of fellow learners you develop a detailed set of plans and tools that will enable you to approach your consulting interviews with real confidence.
Click the button to download our course brochure for more detail, or to share the detail of this course with your local Education/Resettlement Officer.
Testimonial: Mark Aston, British Army - WO1 (Engineering)
"Making the step into Consultancy was always back of mind for when I left the Army, but I had no idea how to approach firms and there never seemed to be any roles advertised that would fit my skill set.
I signed up to the 'Service Leaver to Consultant' course in 2020. The course comes across as personable and enables you to stop/start/rewind/revisit the presentations at your leisure to enable you to get the most out of all the information. There are live sessions throughout the course which enable you to ask questions. And for those questions that cannot wait, there is a chat function (either to the team or individually) where Colin and Deri are very responsive.
The course was exactly what I was after – an insider trading point of view on how best to succeed at getting that offer. It does not guarantee you a job, but provides you with the necessary tools you need to prepare.
If you are thinking about taking that leap into the consulting world I cannot recommend this course enough"
Testimonial: Meghan Higgins, Royal Navy - Junior Warfare Officer
"I thoroughly enjoyed the EndEx course. Colin and Deri provide an all you can need guide into consultancy for any service leaver. From as little as three years of experience in the military I finished the course feeling prepared and having a clear plan of how to get a career in consultancy. Colin and Deri with their years of experience are supportive and flexible through-out - Thank you both!"
EndEx Training: Introduction To Consulting
EndEx is dedicated to helping you understand consulting as a service leaver. Currently available with over 60% off!
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Colin Mann - Royal Navy / PwC / PCSG
After over a decade of service as an Air Engineer Officer, Colin left the Navy in 2009 to join leading management consulting firm PwC. He spent 9 successful years at PwC, running client projects and leading recruitment and talent management for his division. Based in Melbourne, he now leads the Australian arm of a high growth technology consulting firm.
Deri Hughes - Bain & Company / Honeycomb PS / Explore Consulting
Deri spent 6 years at leading strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, before building his own consulting practice. More recently he was Chief Finance & Operations Officer at Credo Business Consulting (which we sold to Teneo in 2017). These days he helps consulting firms recruit, develop and train their people through his businesses Honeycomb PS and Explore Consulting.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I know if Consulting is the right option for me?
It's tough to be sure from the outside! We run regular free webinars to help you with this - with the bonus that you can learn more about us and the way we teach at the same time. In the webinars we go through what consulting actually is, what life is like as a consultant, and why your military skills are so valuable. We also talk about the 4 pitfalls that can kill your chances of a succeeding with your new consulting job! If you want us to notify you of the next one then please just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Who's behind EndEx and what is Honeycomb?
EndEx was created by Deri Hughes and Colin Mann. We're both consultants with many years of experience, and passionate about helping others into the industry. Colin was in the Royal Navy before joining PwC so has first hand experience of transitioning from the military. Deri led recruitment at Bain & Company and Credo Business Consulting - seeing first-hand how much service leavers can contribute to consulting.
Honeycomb PS was founded by Deri to help consulting firms develop their people, by helping them design career paths, assessment approaches, and training programmes as well as delivering online training programmes designed exclusively for consultants. EndEx is run as part of Honeycomb's online training library.
3. How does the no-quibble 30 day money back guarantee work?
Basically it does what it says! We believe you will get a ton of value out of this course, with the 8 modules of content, 7 practical exercises, live sessions, downloadable content, and of course interacting with your fellow learners. We're so confident in what we're providing that we're happy to offer a full refund if you ask for it within 30 days of starting the course. We can't guarantee that you'll get the consulting job you want, but we do guarantee you'll have a much better understanding once you've completed this course.
4. Can I use Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) to fund this course?
Not currently. Given the cost of the course, we advise those in resettlement to consider using their IRTC grant to cover the majority of course costs and use ELCs to undertake a complimentary course to further boost their CV to support a consulting application, with many such courses requiring a level of investment more aligned to ELCs.
5. Do I need a degree to enter consulting?
Not necessarily. Although many larger consultancy firms have traditionally had a degree requirement in their recruitment process, this is increasingly less common. For example, some of the larger consultancy firms have opened up non-graduate training programmes alongside their more traditional graduate recruitment. Other consultancies (and sub-groups within them) will require certain specific qualifications, for example, a degree in Engineering for a specific technical consultancy group. We will discuss application processes and requirements during the course, along with firm choice and research. This research phase is key as it will identify minimum requirements for certain firms and role types.
6. Which branch of the military do consultants usually transition from?
Consultants have come from all walks of military life. Some specialist firms (or teams within larger firms) may look for specific backgrounds, such as engineering or logistics. However, all consultancy firms are attracted to the more general military skill set and general attitude/work ethos, and hence successful consultants have transitioned from all role types and branches. The EndEx course is designed to help you maximise the skills and experience you have to apply it to a consulting application and role.