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What characteristics make up a good consultant manager? Especially one from a Military background?


Mark Hirselj Prattville, AL

If you look back on the past few years of data how many former military members joined and are still with your firm and if they are how would you attribute their success to? a side you see a military member lasting longer than the average 2-5 yrs?

7 June 2019 3 replies Career Exploration



Derell Nathaniel Arlington, VA


The characteristics necessary for success for vets in consulting are similar to the military. A great work ethic, teamwork, communications skills, ability to adapt and learn. I'm an Army retiree who has been with the firm 3 years and it's been a wonderful learning experience. I know many vets who have stayed with the firm for many years.


Mark Hirselj Prattville, AL

Perfect reply. I've also heard that successful consultants are the ones who are willing to lend their expertise to new and different situations. For example, you may be an expert in shipping but a team needs someone to help with an EDI issue for payment...don't be afraid to learn.

PS - thanks for your service! and thanks for giving back to us.


Michael Stehn Alexandria, VA


I am retired army and have been with the firm for over three years. I do not plan on leaving, but this really depends on the individual. If you can adapt to the commercial environment and embrace the firm's culture, I feel one would have no issue in succeeding. I feel it may be harder to come to the firm and have expectations of leading large teams, and not be more of a "follower" and learn, be part of the team and contribute. Remember you come to the firm with a wealth of experience and leadership capabilities, but you need to translate that into what you offer the firm and clients. I would say a number of the people I see struggle with transition both at Deloitte and other companies struggle with the fact we are all starting over when we leave the service. You have to have the mindset that once again your experience matters, but you are now the new person in the office and starting a new career.

I know this does not answer the number question, but hopefully provides some insight as to why someone may or may not succeed at the firm..


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