Web Development Consultant Job

Donald asks…

What is a contract or consultant job?

What is a consultant job or contract job versus new hire in the web development field?
I am 54 and wants to learn web development & database. Now I was told that I will have more chance as consultant.
Is that mean I can apply for job asking rfor a a “contract”? like in dice.com? Anything asking for a contract of 3 months , 6 months up to 1 year is a consultant job or contact? is it the same?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A consultant is an individual who provides professional advice or services for a fee, but normally not as an employee of the engaging party. In your case, you would work outside of the business you’re doing the job rather than being an employee of that business. This means that you would be hired on a temporary basis by a business for a particular job. Hope this answers your question.

Richard asks…

Would you pay a entrepreneur for doing multiple Jobs?

I would like to know whether you are willing to pay for lawyer and accountant if he is qualified in both areas. or would you prefer that someone did one job and that is it.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Treat them as separate jobs for your accounting purposes.

As a consultant, I cover computer systems, business systems, training, coaching and mentoring. I also do classes, web pages, web content, technical documentation, business plans, database design and implementation, curriculum development, assessment preparation, network design and installation, set up servers and workstations. Manage a business for a client, prepare the business for sale, and a lot more.

I’m better than most experts in every one of them. So, quite often, I’ll do a number of contracts with one business, in more than one of these capacities. I expect to be paid for each and every one of them.

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Small Business Consulting Firms Nyc

George asks…

I have a small business and i am looking for a consultant that can help me develop it.?

I started a small shop, and i have been in the business for about 2 years. There are many things that need improvement and i am looking for a face-to-face consultant who can help me develop it and plan for the future, and i also prefer that the same person or company help me design and code a webpage for my business. Does anyone know of any good consulting firms in NYC that can help small businesses for a small fee? please let me know and thank you for your help

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Go to http://www.score.org/ and in the upper left hand corner, enter your zip code. On the next screen, you will get information on the nearest SCORE chapter. Call them and arrange for a free meeting with a SCORE counselor.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

William asks…

why would the commonwealth bank pay $1mill for a logo and who designed it?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

At first, a million $ sounds like way “too much” for “just a logo design.”

But for very large corporations, the logo design (new design) process is quite detailed, and entails a lot of work and expense.

Example: the design consulting firm will do a VERY extensive marketing study to determine what changes need to be made in the corporate identity, and once this information is processed, a “design statement” will be produced. Then, the designers at the firm begin creating possible logo designs – perhaps hundreds of possible logos. When the possible logo designs have been narrowed down to just a few, focus groups composed of consumers will be used to determine the perceptions that are generated by each proposed logo.

And that’s just the beginning. Once the final logo is chosen, the REAL detailed (and time-consuming) work is in having the design firm produce a design “system.” That is, the logo must be consistently used on every piece of paper, every sign, every vehicle, every special item, every uniform, etc., that will be used by the business. This is a huge task that may involved thousands of different applications of the logo.

The cost of new printing, new signs, etc., can literally reach into the tens of millions of dollars. (This cost may be done overnight, or phased in.)

For a huge firm, a new logo is a big undertaking, and will not be trusted to a small-time designer — usually this is done by global firms.

I don’t know who is doing the new Commonwealth logo. But the two top design firms in the world are Lippincott & Mercer (NYC) , and Landor Associates (San Francisco).

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Marketing Strategy Consultants London

Lisa asks…

I want to develop a B2B marketing strategy for my IT Company.I want to know which are the best platform?

My company provides these services–Software development,software/hardware/infrastructure Audit,Virtual CIO,IT Office relocation,Cloud backup, Data centre hosting,web and DNS Hosting,cloud email anti spam,software licensing and warranty,disaster recovery,quick delivery of pre-configured equipment and hardware.

I am looking to target the businesses around M 25 London

I am ready to give a try multi channel campaign.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Here are your steps:

Firstly, know what you are. If you do all of the things you mentioned above, then you are an IT Consultancy, and those are the services you provide. Your company description is IT Consultancy; your job description is IT Consultant, and your business cards should say the same. If you start reading off a list of services, then people will just switch off. Let people ask if you can solve a particular problem, don’t just read the list (because by the sound of things, you are willing to solve any IT problem).

Secondly, get a website. You’re in IT, so if you don’t have a website you will not be credible (and you will not be found). Use wordpress and find a clean, professional template to use. WordPress is faster than coding your own, a better use of your time, and it will look better (you are an IT consultant, not a designer).

Thirdly, create landing pages. These are pages that people go to whenever they arrive from an advert. You will want one for every single service that you say you provide. Landing pages should include prices, a description of that particular service, a testimonial, and the call to action. Your call to action needs to be: “Click Here For a Quote”. This will open a page that enables the person to input their contact details so you can call back.

Fourthly, use google adwords. Search for a free coupon (you should be able to get £30 free). Create adverts for every one of the services that you say you provide, and send those to their landing page (unless you want to waste all your money, do not send those to the homepage). All your marketing budget should be driven into google adwords for now. Chances are, it will be the most effective platform for your company. Ask yourself what you would do if you encountered a problem with a household appliance; thats right, you would google it. This goes without saying, but use adwords to target the London area.

Fifthly, get business cards. Each time you provide a service for someone, give them your business card; each time you tell someone about what you do, give them your business card. If even one person picks up your business card next time they have an IT problem, then the investment has paid for itself.

Lastly, provide great service. If you are great at your job, and you have a smile on your face, people will keep coming back with every problem they have. I’m going to say that again: smile. Every day I see small business owners walk around trying to be ‘the big man’, or with a look that says they regret starting their business. They do not get repeat business. I can choose between hundreds of small businesses in London that offer the same service at the same price, the only thing that keeps me going back to the same company is if I like the people.

Best of luck.

Charles asks…

What are the Top Recruitment Consultancies in London???

Especially for Finance, Marketing, Graduates, Social science and Public sector jobs.

Thanks Friends

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

*try these ,
London Careers – The Best Recruitment Agencies in London
is an independent recruitment consultancy specialising in the core markets of … One of the most well established independent Recruitment Consultancies in London …
Www.londoncareers.net/recruiters.html

Recruitment Consultants in London listing City recruitment consultants.
A list of London recruitment consultants offering jobs in the City of London. List your recruitment consultancy & London jobs in this top position.
Www.mylesbetter.co.uk/recruitment-consultants-london.html

Recruitment Consultant – Just London Jobs
All the best jobs in London from all the top recruitment agencies & employers on one site. … Commercial and secretarial recruitment consultancies in London. …
Www.justlondonjobs.co.uk/job-14045.html -

Management Consultancy Jobs & Recruitment | UK | London | Mindbench
… In London, we are the UK’s leading Management Consultancy recruitment … Permanent roles with top strategy and specialist consultancies, and for internal …
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Business Consultant Blog

Susan asks…

What are the requirements and benefits for a discovery toys consultant?

Hi. I have been seriously considering becoming a Discovery Toys consultant, but wanted to find out what requirements are for an active consultant and what type of benefits are available? I know the starter kit comes with a lot of toys, but do you get a discount on additional toys you purchase? What type of percentage do you get paid for your sales? Thanks in advance for your input. :)

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Dear, It’s Good to work with kids and kids related items. I m sure U must have referred this following page: http://www.discoverytoysinc.com/web/guest/51

Read it thoroughly and study deeply about their products and services. Mainly How to Market.
Talk with successful marketers in this field. Interview top performers.
Start a Blog on Toy Consulting Or Join a group of the same subject on various sites e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.

You can do a lot with this subject. I can go and on and on…

Just remember: Sell first and Market later. Repeat this cycle.

All the best!

Ali
The better Business Idea Adviser!

Betty asks…

What are some ways that a new start-up or small business can use social networks to grow their business?

Every big company is on Facebook and Twitter (etc). What are some ways that a small business owner use the power of these social networks to help get their business off of the ground and growing (without paying “consulting firms” a fortune to manage a free Facebook page)?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Coley, you’re instincts are correct that you can take advantage of social networking sites to build your business without hiring a consultant. The beauty of these tools is that they are free (at least for now) and work best when used by real people who are using them to connect with other like-minded real people. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Facebook
Start a fan page. This article by Katie Hellmuth Martin will walk you through how it’s done:

http://thatitgirl.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-to-make-fan-page-in-facebook.html

Spread the word about your Facebook page. Talk about your new page at every opportunity. Include it as part of your email signature. Link to it on your company’s website. Send out an online newsletter to your customer list announcing the new page, perhaps offering a coupon or some other promotion to those who visit and do something like leave a comment on your Facebook wall. Tell all your personal friends on Facebook about your business’s new page and invite them to become fans.

Encourage people to share your content. Consider posting things your fans might want to share on their walls; each time that happens, it will send more visitors back to your page. I posted a slideshow on the world’s ugliest buildings from Travel + Leisure’s page on my Facebook wall because it was amusing. That’s just the kind of thing that gets people talking and going to check out the rest of Travel + Leisure’s page.

Make it useful or fun to visit your page. If you sell gourmet foods, offer recipes on the page. If you sell athletic gear, post advice about fitness and nutrition. Better yet, create a program for people wanting to monitor their diet or exercise routine; they’ll need to return to the page every time they update it. If you’re an interior designer, publish before and after shots of rooms you’ve furnished. Make it interactive by asking people to vote on ideas to complete a room. You get the idea.

Twitter
At first, using Twitter feels a lot like talking into a empty room. But if you use Twitter properly, you will soon be having conversations with customers, potential customers, the media and all kinds of people that can be helpful to your business. This guide for Twitter – http://business.twitter.com/twitter101 – written for the company by Twitter expert Sarah Milstein (co-author of The Twitter Book), gives way smarter advice than I could ever give you. Pay particular attention to the case studies and the best practices.

One thing about social media — people using it love to give and read advice about ways to do it better. Start reading blogs like Mashable.com and Ducttapemarketing.com, and follow industry leaders like Chris Brogan (www.chrisbrogan.com).

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International Management Consulting Firms

Daniel asks…

Why Does Clinton Refuse to Renounce or Reject $upport from Firm Accused of Sexual Harrassment?

Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates (IPA) of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including “sexual assaults,” “degrading anti-female language” and “obscene suggestions.”

What will the feminist Hillary supporters think of this?

Shouldn’t Hillary renounce and reject?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

This is renounce:

Main Entry: re·nounce
Pronunciation: ri-?nau?n(t)s
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): re·nounced; re·nounc·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further : repudiate

Laura asks…

How to become a good corporate trainer? Is it a good career path? How to prepare my self to become one?

I am doing my MBA (majoring in Management) now and very much interested to become a Management Consultant in my near future. I have wide working experience in various fields even though my undergraduate was from IT background. Currently I am administering in an Examination Division in a private University. To achieve my aim, I have decided to involve my self in the corporate training and development field to gain more knowledge and experience mainly in the sector of management. Will this help me to reach my goal? What I could like to know is, how shall I go about to achieve my goal and aim to become a successful Management consultant? What are the areas that I should focus on? And also may I know, what are a Management Consultant’s actual duties or job functions are? I am seeking for a good guider to guide me to achieve my goal?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The International Council of Management Consultant Institutes (ICMCI). The CMC enjoys global reciprocity, with consultants certified in one country being recognised in most other countries.

# Three or more (depending on country) years of experience in full-time consulting.
# Owner or employee of a firm in independent practice, or internal consultant in organization meeting Institute’s independence criteria.
# Demonstrated client satisfaction in challenging engagements.
# Interview by a panel of senior consultants on approaches to and competencies in a range of consulting disciplines.
# Written and oral ethics examinations and adherence to a rigorous code of ethics.

Corporate trainer in USA
$58,000

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Business Cards Tomorrow Austin

George asks…

Do you think that Chris Benoit should have been on WWE’s top 50 list?

Yes or No-Why/Why not-Explain your answer
If you were to place him on the list,what number would you rank him?

WQ-Who do you expect to appear tomorrow night on RAW?
WQ2-Do you want Wade Barett to win the WWE championship?Yes/No and why
WQ3-Who do you want to win NXT season 3?
WQ4- Do you like Ric Flair’s fortune?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

As we can see from the answers above, most of us have either always separated Chris Benoit the wrestler from Chris Benoit the person, or have learned to separate the two. Vince can erase Benoit from WWE history if he wants, that’s his right as the owner of the company, but he can’t erase Benoit’s wrestling career from the minds of the fans.

Chris Benoit is the greatest in-ring performer I’ve ever seen. Nothing will ever change that…unless somebody actually better comes along, in which case Benoit will move down to number two.

But I wouldn’t put him in the top ten of the greatest “superstars” list. The top ten is reserved for that special breed who have changed the business (for the better) in some way or another. My top five “best of all-time”:

1. Ric Flair — the most complete all-around performer, inside the ring and out, the business has ever had. Flair had no weaknesses anywhere in his performances. It didn’t matter what the rest of the card was, if Flair was in the main event it was pretty much guaranteed a sell-out. And, very important, Flair made it cool to cheer for the heels that so many fans do today. Flair was the first “cool heel”, a decade before Stone Cold rose to the top of the WWF.

2. Hulk Hogan — Hogan did something no other wrestler before him (not even Flair) could, and that’s take pro wrestling global in the MAINSTREAM. Hogan made it cool (for any- and everybody) to be a wrestling fan.

3. Gorgeous George — completely shattered the mold for what is acceptable in a wrestling gimmick and made it possible for the Undertakers and the Goldusts and the *insert your favorite gimmick* to be not only possible, but acceptable to fans. George also helped to make the new invention, television, a roaring success, as millions of people bought TVs just to see George wrestle.

4. Lou Thesz — had the rock-solid credentials and legitimate wrestling skills to give the NWA World Title the credibility it needed to convince most fans that wrestlers aren’t just actors doing stunts. In the 40′s and 50′s Thesz unified many regional championships into one true “World” title, making the NWA the strongest alliance of promotions the business ever had, and ever will have, and the NWA World Title the most prestigious championship in wrestling history.

5. Stone Cold Steve Austin — THE defining character in the “Attitude Era” (encompassing the WWF, WCW, and ECW) which brought about a fundamental and enormous shift in the way the wrestling business presented itself. Hogan took the cartoon world of pro wrestling global. Austin (because of his popularity) forced it to “grow up”.

The next several on the list would be filled with the likes of Freddie Blassie, The Sheik, Dusty Rhodes, The Crusher, Bruno Sammartino, Bruiser Brody, etc. Wrestlers who either created or defined a gimmick that proved popular with millions of fans, and who consistently sold out arenas wherever they appeared for years and years.

Benoit would probably land about number 20 on my list.

WQ — The guys in the back (Steamboat, Arn Anderson, Slaughter, Rotundo, etc) at every show. Unfortunately Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan can’t be there, but I hope Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura will be. Perhaps the Iron Sheik, Hacksaw Duggan, and Doink, and a few others like them, will appear.

WQ2 — As much as I do not like Randy Orton, no. Barrett has not proven himself “worthy” of carrying either WWE world title. He rarely wrestles and needs help to win when he does get in the ring. The WWE Title has been passed around far too often the past few years as it is. Putting it on another “rookie” now…way too soon.

WQ3 — My favorite was Aksana, but I stopped following it when it moved to wwe.com. If she’s still in it, then she would still be my favorite.

WQ4 — yeah. I saw the birth of The Four Horsemen and every incarnation of the group. Fourtune is the best “knock-off” of the Horsemen I’ve ever seen. They do embody the spirit of the originals (Flair, Tully, Ole, and Arn) very well. Flair is nothing like JJ Dillon, though (he doesn’t need to be). Flair is Flair, and that’s great for Fourtune. I’d rather they not be part of Immortal (the original Horsemen never needed anybody but themselves and didn’t join other factions), and I hope someday soon they will separate themselves from Hogan and Bischoff and continue building their own legacy, separate from Hogan.

Linda asks…

Towing and Due Process?

Okay, so I am a 21 year old college student taking an introductory Business law Course so my legal principles are vague and apply to most situations without specification.
This question that I pose has to do with Towing, the policies tow companies impose, and the release of the vehicle.

First off, through my own research I have found that the majority of cases against tow companies are disputing the actual tow. Though technically I was right to park there I am NOT arguing the actual tow. The tow company had probable cause to tow my vehicle.
Moving on. What I plan on filing suit for is violation of 5th and 14th amendment rights to the deprivation of property without due process.
Currently, if you are towed by non-consent for trespassing, you are not notified in anyway and charged by the calender day for impound fees. By the time you figure out your car was towed, the first thought running through your mind was a stolen car. So you call 911 and they inform you of the tow. That is emotional distress!!! Anyways, the tow company holds your car until they receive full payment.
This means that they will deprive you of your car until you pay in full the amount without a hearing. You have to sign the documents they hand you and pay in cash or debit (no credit) before they release the car. It would be my understanding that the signing of these documents would be under duress, therefore voiding any contract you may have to agree to. This includes the receipt that you sign for your debit card and the paper agreeing to pay the amount.
Nevertheless, my point is that because they hold your car until full payment received and do not offer multiple payment options, or have state regulated prices (meaning they could charge $500 if they wanted to) that they are in violation of 5th and 14th amendment rights…
Someone PLEASE tell me why I am wrong on this so I can get over it…if not I will be filing suit tomorrow

The State is Texas, County of Travis, and City of Austin

Thoughts?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Uh…due process will consist of a police officer exercising his legal right to have a vehicle towed that is in a space that the county has determined is subject to forcable removal for the good of the county.

Death of a parent is emotional distress. Too dumb to park legally is probably Darwinism.

Duress is a gun held to your head. Public transportation eliminates the “duress” as well.

File; the court can always use a good laugh.

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Business Efficiency Consultant Salary

Mark asks…

MBA vs Masters in Supply Chain – Industrial Engineer?

Hello everyone I am an Industrial Engineer … one who is concerned with improving processes via people and/or equipment. I either want to become an efficiency consultant or just move up the corporate ladder (probably on the production improvement side). Now the question …

MBA vs Masters in Supply Chain? Both would be from a highly regarded school.
Best example so that we can keep the bases equal:
MIT has an excellent MBA and Masters in logistics (and supply chain) program
Michigan Ross also has both programs and is a highly regarded school.

Although the programs cost the same, the masters in supply chain is half the time, so there is definitely a difference in opportunity cost.

Which one is better for my career path, can you still become an executive with only a masters in supply chain without an MBA? And anyone have information on their salaries?
Alyas … I want to get into supply chain and process improvement, I even recently got my green belt in six sigma and will soon begin my blackbelt. However, most of those jobs are asking for an MBA, although thats probably because MS in supply chain are rather new, and most people formally asking for them yet.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It depends on your career objective. The MBA is a general business degree training students for top level management positions up to CEO or for those with entrepreneurial objectives of starting their own business. MBA students study accounting, finance, marketing, management, statistics, economics, strategy, policy, and other courses. Many MBA programs offer concentrations in these and many other fields, but that amounts to only 2-3 courses in your chosen field in the second year of study. Many students avoid a concentration and take a variety of elective subjects to gain a broader background. Most MBA programs prefer students with 2-3 years work experience after the first degree.

The Master of Science is a specialized degree in a particular field such as finance, chemistry, accounting, engineering, etc. Training students for top level staff and research positions who prefer not to get into general management. The MS typically requires an undergraduate education in the field in which you want the MS, or a closely related field. A finance major does not get an MS in chemistry, and a biology major does not get an MS in accounting. If you want to specialize in a particular field other than business administration, such as finance, marketing, operations management, human resource management, or a non-business field such as public health, or public administration, you should get an MS degree in that specialization. MS programs typically do not require work experience.

Before you decide on an MBA program explore the Internet for information on available programs. There is a lot of information available. Some sites are limited to specific countries, such as Germany, UK, or Australia. There is a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. The nice thing is that it allows you to find the program that best fits you. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use it to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria. Some of the other sites are less comprehensive, but all are useful.

Linda asks…

Do people create bureaucracy in order to make jobs for themselves in today’s economy?

It occurs to me that there are so many lofty jobs that people have which are basically irrelevant to anything really getting done in the USA.

What is a “Systems Analyst” and do they really do anything important?

Do “Efficiency Experts” really make a business more efficient, or are they just glorified head-choppers?

Why is a board of 32 officials + their personal assistants needed to run a team of 12 employees who deal with the public?

What the heck is an “advanced training and procedural engineer” and how could this person do anything worth earning a paycheck?

Why do most corporations give the biggest paychecks to those sons and daughters of CEO’s (with glorified titles of achievement) who have never set foot in one of their buildings?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It’s not today’s economy. It has always been this way. They loot the companies with phony jobs for friends and relatives, probably for under the table kickbacks. In addition to the positions mentioned there are “consultants” who draw enormous salaries to do…………….nothing.

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Management Consulting Austin

James asks…

What Degree is More Beneficial?

I just started my second year of college at the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m currently a MPA (Masters in Professional Accounting) major and I’m on pace for a Fall 2010 graduation for my masters. However, I’m considering switching my major to a BBA in finance and graduating Fall 2009.

I hope to get and internship and eventually work for Goldman Sachs (really hard, I know) as an analyst or go about the same path (internship then work) as a sales rep for IBM. Consulting is a third option.

I applied for the MPA program because it’s the #1 program in the nation and I figured it would give me a competitive advantage. However, the UT recruiter for Goldman Sachs was on a panel and during a discussion session she heavily downplayed the MPA degree and emphasized the MBA. She simply mentioned once that the MPA gives you a good foundation in accounting but didn’t mention any competitive advantage.

After the panel I felt like I would be wasting an extra year in school that I don’t need and I would have to come back for my MBA later on anyway. So I figured I should switch to finance to graduate earlier, work earlier, and ultimately gain my MBA earlier. But my MPA advisor said the MPA teaches you things about accounting that finance does not and it’s a huge advantage (I assumed it was half truth, half bias), something I failed to see during the panel discussion.

What would you do if you were in my situation? Would you stay with the MPA and graduate a year later than a BBA in finance? Sorry for the long life story, I had to explain the situation.

Thanks for all of the help.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hi there, hopefully I can help out a little with your situation. And for reference I’m a double major graduate in Finance and Management.

If I was in your situation I would go with your gut is telling you, especially if you want to work at financial institutions like Goldman Sachs. I like your idea about graduating sooner with the Finance degree, that way you can start working earlier and start getting that much needed work experience going, then you can work towards finishing your MBA too, all towards that eventual goal of getting into Goldman Sachs soon enough.

Work experience plus scholastic experience is what really counts if you want to get into those kind of fields. Very rarely will those major institutions hire somebody fresh out of school (unless it’s an Ivy league) because that will mean they’ll have to train someone from scratch. It’s funny how in a way I’m kind of doing the exact same thing as you. I too want to be in corporate financing (specifically the banking sector), but in doing my research I found that the usual requirement for those positions is at least 5 years of qualified experience at a financial institution and an MBA. So because of that, as soon as I graduated with my Finance portion about three years ago (just wrapped up my Management portion this year) I started my banking career right away and have been there since. Then by next fall I plan on starting my MBA, that way by the time I finish that I’ll just be wrapping up the 5 year work experience mark too, then it’s onto corporate financing.

And about your MPA question I honestly don’t know much about that program, but I kind of agree with what the Goldman Sachs recruiter said about going with the MBA rather than the MPA advisor. Even if the MPA is more suited, the MBA is just so much more recognized. With no disrespect at all towards your MPA advisor, I’d also rather go with the advice of someone coming from the real business world rather than someone in a field who advises it.

But please don’t just take my opinions alone either. I’d recommend getting in touch with some of the McCombs Finance professors, specifically ones who have real world experience in the matter, as you might want to avoid finance professors who have simply taught their whole lives. You need specific advice from professors who have been “in the trenches” so to speak, people who have worked with real-world Finance companies either now and/or in the past, because they’ll provide great help on the matter. During school I specifically asked for guidance from three great Finance professors of mine, people who teach now because they’ve already had decades of nice work within the Finance world, and it is from their guidance that I came to my own plan described above.

Hope this helps out and good luck.

Sharon asks…

List of each Candidate’s Contributors: Are these figures correct?

MITT ROMNEY:

Goldman Sachs $367,200
Credit Suisse Group $203,750
Morgan Stanley $199,800
HIG Capital $186,500
Barclays $157,750
Kirkland & Ellis $132,100
Bank of America $126,500
PriceWaterhouseCoopers $118,250
EMC Corp $117,300
JPMorgan Chase & Co $112,250
The Villages $97,500
Vivint Inc $80,750
Marriott International $79,837
Sullivan & Cromwell $79,250
Bain Capital $74,500
UBS AG $73,750
Wells Fargo $61,500
Blackstone Group $59,800
Citigroup Inc $57,050
Bain & Co $52,500

RON PAUL:

US Army $24,503
US Air Force $23,335
US Navy $17,432
Mason Capital Management $14,000
Microsoft Corp $13,398
Boeing Co $10,620
Google Inc $10,390
Overland Sheepskin $10,350
IBM Corp $8,294
US Government $7,756
DUNN Capital Management $7,500
Corriente Advisors $7,500
Greenstreet Co $7,500
Northrop Grumman $7,272
Lockheed Martin $7,208
Intel Corp $6,855
US Dept of Defense $6,524
United Technologies $6,316
Federal Express Corp $6,255
Entergy Corp $5,950

NEWT GINGRICH:

Rock-Tenn Co $27,500
Poet LLC $20,000
First Fiscal Fund $15,000
Pull-A-Part Inc $15,000
Amway/Alticor Inc $10,000
State Mutual Insurance $10,000
American Fruits & Flavors $10,000
Streck Inc $10,000
Windway Capital $9,600
Wirco Inc $8,500
McKenna, Long & Aldridge $7,500
Blackstone Group $7,000
Richardson Properties $7,000
Wells Fargo $5,900
American General Corp $5,000
American Solutions PAC $5,000
J Smith Lanier & Co $5,000
Woody’s Smokehouse $5,000
AFLAC Inc $5,000
Clark Consulting $5,000

RICK SANTORUM:

Blue Cross/Blue Shield $18,000
Universal Health Services $17,250
Kimber Manufacturing $12,300
El Dorado Holdings $10,000
Achristavest $10,000
CONSOL Energy $8,500
Diamond Manufacturing $8,000
Northwestern Mutual Life $7,650
Pride Mobility Products $6,000
Gleason Agency $5,250
NetApp $5,250
Conestoga Wood Specialties $5,250
Shinn & Co $5,000
Group Fox Inc $5,000
Newsome Eye Clinic $5,000
Citizens United $5,000
Energy Alchemy $5,000
Neal Communities $5,000
Medallion Enterprises $5,000
Mako Global $5,000

BARACK OBAMA:

Microsoft Corp $171,573
Comcast Corp $113,800
University of California $107,501
Harvard University $99,975
Google Inc $95,066
DLA Piper $75,375
Skadden, Arps et al $69,374
Chopper Trading $64,815
Stanford University $62,928
Time Warner $62,600
Ballard, Spahr et al $62,300
National Amusements Inc $62,100
Arnold & Porter $54,700
Goldman Sachs $50,124
Columbia University $49,347
Latham & Watkins $49,082
Exelon Corp $48,625
US Dept of State $48,077
Mayer Brown LLP $47,700
Sidley Austin LLP $44,825
The Beat: Yeah. I’m not sure why he gets so many donations from individual Soldiers.
Coldfuse: How can you tell these came from employees? Is it the font?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Those look more like the contributions from employees of the various organizations, rather than direct contributions from the organizations themselves.

The numbers will change dramatically, as they did in 2008, once the apparent nominees for each party become self-evident.

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Joseph asks…

How can i start a flower shop on the internet?

I read somewhere that there was a women who has an online flower shop but it is strictly online. She has nothing to do with the actual flowers, like people order the flowers from her website but they dont come from her they come from a supplier somewhere. I REALLY want to know how this is possible.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

People make alliances… Sometimes people are really good at making products, but they suck at ads. They rely on people like this “woman” who are good at advertising, business management, and web design. They get into a deal (either fix monthly payments, or percentage of the share).

It works great for people who are “too busy” making their products (like old people making pretty flowers), or if they really aren’t sure on how to handle a web site online.

This woman needs to create an account, associated with paypal, or credit cards, that would allow her to make transactions from customers, to her, to the owners.

For this kind of stuff, you should go and check with bank (several indeed), to see how exactly that transactions work.

The woman must pay fees for the upkeep of the website, for the account, and for each transaction performed. But if the actual business sales good amounts, then it pays off… It won’t pay off if the business is not well known, or advertised… So you gotta get to know where are you getting into.

For the actual website, there are places you can find online that offer you (for a monthly fee) a page in which people can find you (for that add the account you made with the bank you consulted) and then you got your business running and online.

Susan asks…

What careers/job opportunities are available with a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

It seems like a very fascinating multidisciplinary field and I am highly considering it for doctoral graduate school. Anybody have any knowledge or ideas relating to the careers, future of this profession, etc?? Any advice would be great, thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Apa.org

Many jobs available….working with large corporations that are in product development. I retired from IBM after working in their confidential labs, then into management, and consulting out of IBM to other corporations and government. The work is always changing, and many challenges….very good pay. You need to be strong in research, design and working with a multidisciplinary team. I/O psychologists also work with business re-engineerings/HR issues….both in demand as technology changes. Got to above website…lots of into. Good Luck….get your Ph.D. (psychologist)

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Business Consulting Group

Sandra asks…

what is business consulting group?

what is business consulting group all about?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

BCG is the company who design the matrix for analyse the company’s product whether it is in the status of cash cow, star, problem child or dog.
The criteria to specify this is market share and market growth.
If the market growth for the industry is high
– and the product has the high market share : star –> invest and reap the sales volume and profit
– but the product has low market share : problem child –> try to do marketing promotion
If the market growth for the industry is low
- but the product has the high market share : cash cow. –> harvest
- and the product has the low market share : dog –> divest

Joseph asks…

Do employers nowadays value type of work experience nowadays instead of just tenure?

I know a friend who interned with 3 different companies while in College and is now working for the Boston Consulting group. In his internships, he did entirely different work experiences.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Varied experience is certainly one of the elements that is highly valued by employers. As companies do more with less, the breadth and flexibility of skills and experience that an employee brings becomes increasingly important. Tenure alone is not enough. In your friend’s case, he was fortunate to have interned with 3 different companies as it provided him with exposure to 3 varied corporate cultures while learning about different businesses and having different experiences. This is great prep for consulting work.

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