Being a Management Consultant at one of the big firms straight out of college is an incredible experience that very few people get. Within a month, I was given more responsibility than I was used to, and very little direct guidance of what exactly is right. It's cliche to say, but it truly is an unparalleled learning experience for anyone in their early twenties. That also means it's a gruelling experience. While I didn't entirely coast through college, getting an undergrad degree in commerce is not by any stretch of the imagination among the harder things you can do with four years of your life, and so consulting, in comparison, was a brutal white collar bootcamp. Yes you fly first class, stay in nice hotels, and eat enough steak to personally account for a measurable contribution to deforestation required to grow corn for cows, or whatever it is cows eat nowadays. But all that pampering is there to make you feel slightly better that you haven't had a proper 8 hours of sleep in a week and have resigned yourself to altogether stop making social plans since you've had to bail on every single one for as long as you can remember.
At the end of a roast, when a comedian has completely humiliated the roastee, they usually end it with "all that being said" and say something incredibly nice. So in that vein, all that being said, Management Consulting is an incredibly sought after gig for a reason. It teaches you more about business and professionalism than anything else. I was more stressed in my two years as a consultant than I have been total in the five years since leaving. But I would hands down do it again. It's the little things, you know? How do you build rapport with a 50 year executive? How do you structure an effective meeting? How do you strategically break down a problem? That's the kind of useful shit you learn.
They say experience is the best teacher, and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my experience and discoveries with a panoply of clients, whenever I found myself "in between" full-time career milestones.