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Why ConsultEX Gives Students at Alliant a Competitive Edge: An Inside Look at the Program's Advantages

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Published on: 03/16/2023
Last Updated: 06/16/2023
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The ConsultEX consulting program at the California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is giving our students a significant advantage over those from other schools for several reasons.

First and foremost, the program is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the consulting industry. Students are able to work on real-world projects for actual clients, which allows them to gain valuable insights into the industry and develop a range of skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Additionally, the program is led by industry experts who have years of experience in the consulting field. Our students can learn from the best and gain valuable advice and guidance on how to succeed in the industry.

Another great advantage is the program’s highly collaborative structure, with students working in teams to complete projects. This allows our students to develop their teamwork and communication skills, which are essential for success in the consulting industry.

Lastly, the program is highly flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual clients and CSML students. This means that students are able to choose from a range of ConsultEX branches (see listing below) that focus on areas of interest to them, allowing them to develop a specialized skillset that will make them stand out in the job market.

The advantages are clear. The ConsultEX consulting program at CSML gives our hands-on experience, industry expertise, and the opportunity to develop a range of skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Below is a listing of the different branches of ConsultEX with a short description of each:

CSML ConsultEX BD – Business Development Consulting Projects

The business development branch focuses on helping organizations meet their goals, whether they be developmental, tactical, interpersonal, or structural. Through various services and assessments, our students consult on marketing, competitor analysis, customer and partner relationships, and many other projects designed to improve businesses.

CSML ConsultEX PD – Professional Development Consulting Projects

This branch focuses on real-time professional development opportunities and creates value-added solutions for managers and leaders who want to improve their skills such as executive coaching, personal assessments, etc. 

CSML ConsultEX IT – Information Technology Consulting Projects

The Information Technology branch focuses on improving our partner organizations with projects in data analytics, data modeling, data management, strategic IT planning, network, and systems security monitoring, distributed networks optimization, IT project management, and Cloud computing virtual centralization.

CSML ConsultEX EDU – Preparing Doctoral Candidates for Careers in Higher Education 

This branch consists of several projects completed in a sequence. These practical training projects will prepare students for teaching careers in higher education. ConsultEX EDU removes ambiguity and gives doctoral students the confidence they need in job talks or interviews. Our students will be able to speak the language and back it up with real-life examples from their experiences in course development, guest lecturing, mapping learning outcomes, and receiving student and faculty evaluations. EDU participants will develop a strong CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy letter, and teaching effectiveness letter.  

CSML ConsultEX DEI – Serving Minority-owned Businesses

In collaboration with a partner minority-owned business, the DEI branch focuses on helping underserved businesses and organizations meet their goals. The DEI branch combines business and professional development branches to empower minority-owned businesses. 

CSML ConsultEX INT – Serving International Businesses and Nonprofits with Humanitarian Causes, Diplomatic Policy, and Leadership Development

In collaboration with nonprofit partner organizations, students will engage in real-world issues that face many of our international students and their homelands. Students will also propose solutions, engage with governmental organizations, lobby for change, and make an impact in the global arena. 

About the Author

Dr. Cory B. Scott is a highly respected author, professor, and family man. He is a dedicated educator with a passion for leadership and management studies. With over 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his students at the California School of Management and Leadership at Alliant International University, where he currently teaches and serves as the director of the PhD in leadership program.

Reviewed by Rachna Kumar - Dean of California School of Management and Leadership

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