What is an Ascent Consultant and what is the difference to being a contractor?

A question we get asked a bit at Ascent is what does a consultant actually do and how is this different to a contractor?

The main difference as a consultant with Ascent is that you are part of a consulting team that actively supports your assignments and enables you to build a wider range of skills, especially your softer skills.  As a contractor, you may not always have that support from a wider consulting support team.

For every Ascent consultant, there is always hands on support from a practice manager as well as an Ascent partner.  The partner associated with the account will help to guide you through a new set of stakeholders within a large organisation, support your deliverables and ensure that you get to know other Ascent consultants and learn from others, in your assignment.

Ascent consultants are always introduced to our customers where you can do your very best work, be well supported and work in a great customer culture.  Ascent enjoys long term relationships with our customers.  This enables us to ensure that all consultants are placed into client assignments where Ascent already has an in-depth understanding of the customer pipeline, investment priorities, key influencers and what a successful outcome will look like.

Great consultants adapt to new projects, work cultures and colleagues easily. They come in, they fit in and they get the job done. Their soft skills and technical expertise allow them to take on their roles quickly and easily.

Ascent values consultants who are:

  1. Great stakeholder managers,
  2. Always demonstrate professionalism,
  3. Always keep in mind the client relationship,
  4. Terrific at time management and multi-taskers,
  5. Astute and demonstrate good judgment,
  6. Subject matter experts in a number of domains,
  7. Have great soft skills especially listening and communication,
  8. Possess good leadership skills,
  9. Know and understand boundaries, are collaborative and most of all ;
  10. Fun to work with!