I've been in the consulting business for 16 years, and definitely the time you spent working depends on you and the type of work you are doing, although in some cases also the company could impact this. When I've worked implementing security technologies I have had to spend night time working, but you can compensate your time normally, you have to negotiate that with your boss since the beginning of your employment, when you do business consulting such as defining processes or design a strategy this is done within business hours. Off course in any case sometimes when you have a milestone comming is probable that you will have to work a little more to complete your work, but this should not be permanently. The company I'm working for now, Symantec, and firms like PwC which I have worked for in the past, normally try to balance your work and life and give you extra vacation time to compensate the times when you have to work a little more than normal, and also normally they are more flexible due to they know you work is based on goals or objectives, so you can do your work at any time of the day as long as you send it on time. I definitely would recommend you to work as a consultant, you can manage your time as you need, you are well compensated normally, your job normally is different from day to day (different customers, different companies, different teammates...) is very nice!!!
Katherine (Katie)’s Answer
You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>
You have to make it a priority to have a good work/life balance and you should select a firm that also makes it a priority for their workers. As for long hours - it happens depending on the type of consulting you do and the phase of your project. Long hours occasionally can be an advantage if you can exchange them for a day off once in a while.