Chemical Consultants – No Going Back

Senior petchem people who join chemical consultants, after a career in the industry, find it hard to get back out of consultancy, a chemicals head-hunter told me on Thursday.

They often find that being a consultant is not as rewarding as working in the industry, but the flow from the business into consultancy is generally a one-way street, the recruiter said.

He was commenting on the recruitment market in view of some current senior consultancy vacancies.

It’s hard to go to employers in the oil and chemical sector and propose a candidate who has been out of the business side of the industry for the past year: they’re just not interested, he added.

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