5 Benefits of Becoming an IT Consultant
Ask a technology professional for the most important qualities in a job, and you will likely hear some version of this list: access to exciting products and leading-edge technologies, control over your own schedule, an advocate you can rely on to have your back, opportunities to gain new skills, and a solid paycheck. What might surprise you is that working on a contract basis as a technology consultant may be the fastest and surest way to achieve the items on your wish list. Whether you are new to consulting or you’re considering a return to a contract position, here are five key benefits of being an IT consultant.
- Access to exciting products and leading-edge technologies—all the time.
One of the most appealing aspects of consulting is the chance to constantly access new products, technologies and resources. By working on a contract basis, consultants stay at one employment site for a specific period of time before moving on to a new project and usually a new site. As a result, consultants not only enjoy novel experiences, but they also get to work with a variety of leading-edge technologies.
- Control over your own work.
It is rare to find any job where you can control your schedule. As a consultant, you have the freedom and flexibility to accept or decline the jobs you choose, and you can even take breaks between assignments. Having this flexibility helps you avoid burnout, guaranteeing that you only take jobs that you are excited to wake up for each day.
- When you work with an IT recruiter, you have a built in advocate.
Recruiters are dedicated champions and advocates for IT consultants, acting as buffers between the contract employee (consultant) and the employer. If you work with a recruiter, you can focus on what you do best – working as a technology professional – while your recruiter negotiates on your behalf for potential future projects. You may be your own boss in many ways, but recruiters can help you achieve the best of both worlds.
- The chance to gain and hone new skills.
By working on a contract basis, a consultant’s flexibility has another benefit—the chance to acquire and practice new skills. Working for different clients means working with a variety of software programs, platforms, and systems. At each new project, you will diversify your existing portfolio and expertise, tallying up a range of skills much more rapidly than you would if you stayed in a single full-time position.
- The paycheck you deserve.
Employers typically hire consultants for specific projects that require unique and specialized skills. As a result, consultants can often command a higher paycheck than they would as permanent full-time employees. Earning a higher paycheck can also make it more feasible to take longer breaks between projects.
The flexibility and freedom of consulting can translate into more than just a better schedule. By working as an IT consultant, you can also add depth to your resume, broaden your professional network, and stay on the leading edge of developing technologies.
CREDO is always looking for IT pros who share our passion for IT project success. Learn more about a career as an IT consultant through CREDO Technology Solutions.
Mindy Mihajlov, Manager of Technical Recruiting
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