Abhishek Singh Rawat, ISM Alumnus, Batch of 2010. After completing his graduation in environmental engineering from ISM Dhanbad, he worked in power sector for 3 years and gained valuable work experience. Then he went on to pursue Masters in Environmental Management from University of Hong Kong and now working as management consultant looking after ESG Advisory and Sustainability in different sectors. He is a good example of transitioning from and engineering job to a corporate consulting job.

1. Is consultant a better career option for Undergraduate students, who have less experience regarding business perspective of an organisation?

ANSWER: It all depends on a person how he is planning his/her career. Firstly you have to decide about the type of consulting company you want to work for. If one starts his/her career with a consulting corporation, he may or may not understand the industry in a way an industry person does. The environment person can work either in a core environmental/technical consulting or environment management consulting. I would suggest you to work in an industry for at least 3 years but if you are getting an opportunity to work in consulting you should go for it.


2. What are the challenges one must need to overcome to achieve success in this field?

ANSWER: To go forward in consulting, one has to expand his/her horizons, think beyond his field, and should be comfortable to work in any sort of assignment. The more the variation in work profile the better will be the growth opportunities. You should be always ready to work for any industry on any assignment.

3. What are different opportunities one can pursue in the field of Consultancy? Is MBA a necessary prerequisite for growth in this field?

ANSWER: MBA or any Masters is very essential in consulting. You can go for Environmental monitoring consulting in a lab, making EIA/EMP, Sustainability reporting, ESG advisory, Sustainability strategy, responsible investment advisory, CSR strategy and implementation, Environmental law practice, air quality and climate change, EHS audit work, contaminated site management, Environmental risk management, EHS due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and safety, GIS.

4. What are your plans for future? Any Higher studies? Any special plans?

ANSWER: Just look for your interests and choose your career as I pointed out in no. 3, and plan your career accordingly. (Do some specialization in the subject you like)

5. How should a current engineering student who is aspiring for a consulting career need to prepare for it?

ANSWER: Most probably look for opportunities towards responsible investment and work in some small private equity. MBA should fall in line.

6. What skills do ISMites lack before entering the corporate world?

ANSWER: If you are an ISMite, you will always have an analytical mind and will think strategically but if you want to move forward or be a leader of the crowd, you should have excellent conversation skills and be able to convey your thoughts clearly in lesser words.

7. Any message for aspiring students?

ANSWER: Work hard, plan your career right now like in one year…you will be doing A, in year 2, you will be doing B, in year 3 you will be completing xyz course, year 4 join C company, year 5 aim for ABC position, and so on. In short, do a strategic planning for your career and you would do well. Best of luck!

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