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Getting a Networking Job For Dummies by Bill Hughes, Peter H. Gregory

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Chapter 12

Life as a Consultant

Networking consultants have an opportunity to help not just a single employer but also many organizations during their professional career Working as a consultant is different from working in an organization, where you have responsibilities only to your employer and its internal operations. As a consultant, you won't be putting down roots in a single company (other than the consulting firm itself); instead, you'll be moving from place to place.

Consulting is fast-paced and highly rewarding but also unpredictable and stressful. If you're considering a position as a consultant, check out the pros and cons in this chapter.

Is Consulting Right for You?

In the 1960s, the original Mission Impossible TV series always started with a taped message to Mr. Phelps, who was given a life-and-death, world-peace-at-stake assignment in some remote corner of the world. Against all odds, Phelps and his team would overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and prevail.

Consulting is a lot like Mission Impossible missions. From one consulting gig to the next, you never know what kind of work, people, or company you'll encounter. Some assignments will be boring, others highly challenging, and others rewarding — for a variety of reasons. ...

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