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For those of us that live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are always thinking about the next big earthquake. But while the ground may not have moved a lot recently, workforce dynamics certainly have. 

The impact of the pandemic on the distribution of the workforce has created nothing short of a major tectonic shift in employment demographics.

Many talented professionals have suddenly found themselves in situations where their skills and experience are no longer in demand locally, as whole industries pivot to navigate the “new normal” of non-essential work being conducted remotely. An overall increase in digital transformation, mobile, team collaboration, and change management projects is causing a spike in demand for consultants with these skills who can deliver effectively while working remotely.

At Granite Solutions Groupe, we are always looking for the positives and focusing on moving forward.  While we do not minimize the gravity of the global health concerns around COVID-19, we see this as an opportunity for many experienced industry professionals who may have never considered consulting as an option, primarily due to the need to travel extensively or concerns about long term job security.

For those experienced, highly educated and motivated professionals in the financial services industry this may be the perfect time for you to consider a career in consulting.  Geographic and travel limitations are no longer obstacles in the current environment, and in today’s climate full time employment is no longer synonymous with job security.  

With unemployment at all-time highs across the country, there has been an enormous displacement of individuals that have the right skills and experience but find themselves in a position where traditional jobs in industry have become scarce. If this sounds familiar and you find yourself considering a career in consulting, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you have the drive, self-discipline, and organizational skills to work independently in a remote environment while building strong relationships with geographically dispersed teams?
  2. Do you have specific, recent education and experience in banking, wealth management, digital transformation, change management or organizational development?
  3. Are you comfortable being dropped into a new environment where your interpersonal and relationship skills are tested to facilitate productivity and add value every day?
  4. Do you like the freedom and variety of moving from one client project to another?
  5. Do have an innate ability to promote yourself and the brand of your employer?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions with certainty, then a consulting career in financial services is something you should consider!  Granite Solutions Groupe is constantly growing our team to meet the demands of our clients and increase the capabilities of our team. Submit your profile on our website today to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn for a steady stream of positive news, information and original content that can help you move forward!

John Henning is the Chief Client Officer at Granite Solutions Groupe. He has over 35 years of leadership experience in the financial services and technology industries, and currently oversees all client account management, professional services, marketing strategy, business development and sales operations for GSG.