As a top IT consultant, your career probably followed a specific trajectory: you spent your childhood taking apart and building TVs, radios, and computers; you studied programming at some point in school or your free time – and then you worked at various tech companies for years. Finally, you struck out on your own to become a freelance IT consultant.
Tech consulting is a good gig. You get to advise clients on their IT tools, help them with setup and debugging, take care of a few emergencies and then rest in the knowledge of a job well done. So, why would you want to go back to working for a company again, even if only on a short-term basis?
Well, there are three reasons actually.
- Keep Up with Cutting-Edge Tech
As we all know, this ever-exciting industry of ours can always boast some new, innovative tool – one that promises to disrupt everything that’s gone before. Some of these tools are highly relevant to your focus area and those are the ones you certify in. Other tools aren’t directly relevant to your consulting practice, so you may overlook them entirely.
But that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant.
Today’s businesses use a staggering variety of technology solutions, so it’s important that you know about all the latest tools so that you can leverage them properly to streamline processes for your clients.
Of course, there’s no better way to learn how a tech product performs than to experience real-life use cases, in real projects, with real deadlines—all in real time—and the best way to do that is to engage in short-term projects that keep you on your toes.
- Improve Your Consulting Value
As a consultant, your job is to dispense practical advice. However, if your clients don’t seem to be following your recommendations, it may be because they tried their best to integrate your suggestions into the team environment they were working with, but they couldn’t get their team to play along.
We all know teams are tough.
One of the reasons working in a team is so difficult is because each person involved brings their own knowledge and experience to the table, and often they strongly disagree with your methods or point of view. Since you’re an outside consultant, teams can be especially resistant to your advice, and their noncooperation may undermine the value you bring to your client. This can harm your reputation.
When you work on a team as a contract worker in a company, you’re forced to move away from the sidelines and plunge directly into the fray. Being a part of a team builds your leadership skills so you can bring everyone together, provide more value in your contracts and better ensure that all your clients are fully satisfied with your results.
- Get the Best of Both Worlds
Consulting is a wonderfully rewarding profession, but it sure can get lonely at times. It’s not a strange thing to miss working for an employer. Not only are the hours often better (weekends!), there’s also a sense of camaraderie that only comes from working with others day in and day out.
However, we all know that running your own business is much better than working for someone else.
Amazingly, when you work as a contract-based employee, you can have it both ways.
Short-term contracted IT consultants get to work with like-minded professionals on a day-to-day basis and can forge new connections with fascinating individuals in a wide range of industries.
Even better, consultants who choose short-term contracted work don’t have to give up their companies to experience what they missed about the workplace. They truly get the best of both worlds.
It’s Time to Expand Your Horizons
IT consulting is a critical skill in today’s tech-centric world and your talents are highly in demand. What you do is deeply important. However, if you choose to expand your client base by working directly within a team every day for a short-term assignment, you’ll have the opportunity to improve your skills and increase your overall, long-term value exponentially.
As an on-demand IT consultant with ISG, you can join forces with great companies as you learn how today’s latest technology performs in a wide range of real-world situations.
Expand your experience—and get paid for it—when you connect with one of the best Chicago-based IT recruitment companies around at ISG. We look forward to meeting you.
Interested in learning about contract opportunities for your top IT skills? Contact ISG online or at (800) 739-2400 to find out more.