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The Best Tech Roles After Consulting

Deciphering the Silicon Valley jargon

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  1. Perfect Fit: these jobs are a direct translation of the skills that consultants build; the learning curve will be very gentle in these roles
  2. Okay Fit: consultants can thrive in these jobs, but candidates are going to need to tailor their story and experiences to be competitive in the hiring process
  3. Additional Work Needed: many former consultants break into these roles, but consultants will need to go above and beyond in order to get one of these jobs; additional work experience or education may help

The Perfect Fit Roles

Corporate Strategy

Business Operations

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Chief of Staff

  • Operating model: a CoS ensures that everything runs smoothly for a leader’s team — setting the meeting cadence, the staff meeting agenda to give prioritized visibility to the leader, the sub-team objectives to ensure individual incentives are aligned with the team goal, and reporting of said objectives
  • Organizational liaison: a CoS is the connective tissue across the leader’s team, as well as between the team and the broader company — synthesizing the most relevant and high-priority information to a leader; helping a leader prepare for conversations with the Board, CEO, or other executives; taking the first pass at internal and external comms for the leader
  • Special projects: a leader often delegates confidential and high-priority problems for the CoS to resolve. This looks a lot like a BizOps role, where a CoS may be tasked with changing the team’s organizational structure, reimagine the recruiting process, or look at macro-trends affecting the team.
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Product Marketing

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Program Management

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The Okay Fit Roles

Strategic Finance / FP&A

Corporate Development

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Business Development / Strategic Partnerships

Growth / Digital Marketing / Marketing Analytics

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Product Operations

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Product Analytics

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The Additional Work Needed Roles

Data Science

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Product Management

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People & Communications

Product Designer

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Everything Else

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Hey! We’re Sygmo, former management consultants who branched out into tech in Product and BizOps roles. As candidates and as hiring managers, we’ve been through countless interviews and know the tricks of the trade.

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