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What qualities should I possess if I want to be a consultant?

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Karine’s Answer

Patience, expertise, human and management qualities but you know what the best Management Consultant i had the chance to meet had all something is common. They were themself ! Bring yourself to the meeting, classroom and that is how you will make the difference. Again learn that people will not remember all you said but surely remember how they felt in your presence. Hope this helps !

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Lynnea’s Answer

I highly suggest you find the specific industry you intend to work within and you learn this industry thoroughly. When you enter the university they teach you concepts that may not make sense until you are able to apply them to real world experiences in the industry you intend to work in. Specializing in an industry and becoming familiar with that industries processes will allow you to gain expertise. Furthermore, after graduation you should continue to learn about advancements in your industry/field and digital disruptions or innovation that will allow you to be ahead of the curve and excel in consulting.


Great answer if it works out for you. If life happens and you end up somewhere else, learn to be the best in the area you land in. A job is what you make it, make it awesome! Deb Crofoot

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辉’s Answer

In order to become a professional consultant, I think first of all, I should have the ability to collect, analyze, communicate, coordinate with others, and basic understanding of business.The other important thing is financial management, because you can analyze a lot of problems through the financial report, and the company can know a thing or two about the business development.As well as economics is indispensable, such as do a PEST analysis, porter five analysis of what all need these knowledge, combined with the national policy of the company's strategy, to provide professional advice to the customer.

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Annie’s Answer

Broad Knowledge, Persistent, Good listener

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zhibin’s Answer

responsibility love and Professional knowledge

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Lu’s Answer

First, we must have a deep understanding of the future of the industry, have strong interest in the work itself, and are willing to develop in this industry for a long time, and accordingly make career plans accordingly.
Two, with good personality quality, including: tenacious, persistent will quality; optimistic, open mind; active, positive work style.
Three, strong learning ability and ability to solve problems independently.
Four, good communication skills, fluency in Mandarin and English.
Five. Good professionalism and moral integrity.

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John’s Answer

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT CONSULTANT

1.) OPINIONATED – The first and foremost thing a consultant needs to have is an informed opinion. After all, that’s why you’ve been hired – to provide a unique look at the situation that takes into account your knowledge of how this problem has been approached by others, what’s worked or hasn’t worked in similar situations, and what critical things may not have been considered yet.

2.) PRAGMATIC – Models and frameworks are great, but you need to bring things down to a practical level and consider how to actually design and implement solutions for your clients. To do this, it’s important to look at things from all angles and play out the possible solutions from the top down and the bottom up.

3.) PASSIONATE – A Great Consultant gets invested in the client’s issues and gets excited at the prospect of making a difference. Finding passion in your work is something you can’t force, and you may need to turn things around – find out first what you’re passionate about and then make that your professional focus.

4.) RESILIENCE – Some problems are easily solved, and others take some time. The right solution may come after long days, much rework, and much iteration. If you get some tough feedback or experience a setback along the way, you’ve got to be resilient and bounce back. Don’t let them get you down!

5.) BUSINESS–MINDED – If you don’t know the basics of the balance sheet or P&L statement, it will be next to impossible for you to connect the dots on how your work will impact the client’s bottom line. Even a simple appreciation for key business drivers, risks, and the financial aspects of your client’s business will suggest that you “get it” and that you bring a seasoned business perspective to the work.

6.) PROFESSIONAL – Consultants should hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics, confidentiality, and integrity. By virtue of your role, you will likely see and hear a lot, and it’s imperative for your clients to trust you. Also, just because something is within the letter of the law doesn’t make it right… Hold yourself to standards beyond what’s expected.

7.) INQUISITIVE – Ask questions, listen, and be professionally skeptical. As a consultant, your value comes in asking the tough questions, culling out the inconsistencies, and driving to the root causes. Realize that being inquisitive may sometimes be annoying but it gets results.

8.) RESOURCEFUL – Know when to enlist help, none of us is an expert in everything. Actively maintain a network of talented people in your area of expertise and in other, related areas where you might need help. Not only will the client benefit from the combination of strong minds at work on their project, but reciprocal opportunities may come to you.

9.) INFLUENTIAL – Your ability to influence may be as important as your expertise (if not more so). If you can’t get your client or other stakeholders to buy into the plan, idea, or strategy, then the forward movement stops there. Great Consultants know how to be savvy and navigate situations with dexterity.

10.) TACTICAL – Seeing the big picture and connecting dots may be some of the most important value you bring to your clients. They are in the thick of things and being pulled in various directions. You are in the unique position of being able to step back and look at the whole system or situation.

Hope this was Helpful Jennifer

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Yao’s Answer

Executive power ,Learning ability ,Good communication, skills A strong desire for work and so on.

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浩然’s Answer

1、Learning ability2、 Good communication skills 3、A strong desire for work

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真’s Answer

Not only have a good mental quality, but also have a high cultural accomplishment, and more perseverance and ambition.


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宏亮’s Answer

Good communication and resilience

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亮’s Answer

Professional skills, innovative thinking

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婷婷’s Answer

Professional knowledge and empathy.

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铨炜’s Answer

Keep a clear mind at any time, and have a strong academic and understanding ability to integrate the knowledge ,always keep learning.

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清梅’s Answer

To be passionate, stronger professional skills

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鑫’s Answer

patience, expertise and resposibility

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玉强’s Answer

Patience, expertise, human and management qualitie

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翔’s Answer

Observation power
Analytical force
Executive power
Learning ability
Good communication skills
A strong desire for work
A calm and calm mind
Self-confidence
And so on.

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骥’s Answer

To be a good listener, clear logic, big picture drawer, time managing, communication skill, project management

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燕妮’s Answer

Good sense of comprehension and the ability of empathy together with rich experience would do you a great favor.

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元璋’s Answer

time managing,Strong communication skills,Strict logical thinking;

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聪’s Answer

1. Be the professor of your job.
2. Good ability to communicate.
3.Alaway be nice and patience to your partner.

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Anna’s Answer

communication skills, patience, project management skills

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晨雨’s Answer

I think to be a good consultant, required data collection, analysis ability, can communication, coordination with people

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宏亮’s Answer

Good communication and resilience

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亚南’s Answer

Necessary management skills, good at discovery, good at learning, and good at summing up. It can form a complete management theory system and be verified by practice. It can stimulate the potential of each member of the team and integrate the team.

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剑平’s Answer

kindhearted, conscientious, and keep learning.

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涛’s Answer

First I need to master enough data, then analyze and control the risk

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萍’s Answer

No pain no gain.
Nothing is difficult to the man who will try.

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Kevelyn’s Answer

Hard working & Smart working
Know the training system well

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永哲’s Answer

Good listener, clear logic, big picture drawer, time managing, communication skill, project management

hello how re you Ellyanna K.

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振华’s Answer

1,Very professional skills, clear business ideas
2,Customer belief to meet customer needs
3,Ability to observe and be good at finding problems
4,After post analysis, perfect after-sale guarantee

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亮’s Answer

First, you are going to attend a systematic, long-range, formal psychology training course. Second, you have to learn a more comprehensive theory (from general psychology to neuroscience; from psychotherapy theory to psychiatry). Third, you have to accept a personal experience (to be a visitor to explore yourself). Fourthly, you should begin to work with visitors while supervising and companionship (avoid streaking). After that, you have to keep learning, self-exploration, and open-mindedness.

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Amelie’s Answer

A consultant needs creativity, curiosity, optimistic , and Empathy.

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Liangliang’s Answer

Love of things what you do, willpower, understanding, and meet more problems

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健’s Answer

1、communication skills
2、Learning ability
3、confidence

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Roopal’s Answer

Skills such as communication, ability to work under pressure, public speaking, networking, critical thinking, time management, and patience are so important as a consultant! Being an emotionally intelligent team player is essential as well. You want to be someone who others can trust and get along with.

Also...you can be the smartest person in the room, but if you can't communicate clearly and make people comfortable, no one will listen. People skills are crucial.

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Kevin’s Answer

From my experience, consultants are naturally curious, speak to facts and ask good questions. I started as a consultant right from college so I did not have expertise on any industry. I developed this as I went. I think that companies hiring at entry level consulting positions are looking for people who can talk about their capabilities in these three areas. They know they will need to provide their new hires training in industry, tools to help with research and analysis and the like.

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Sakina’s Answer

Interpersonal skills are very important. Note that lots of people come here, and learn a lot during on-job training. Especially, in the tax sphere, it is important to create good working relationships, try to be proactive, accurate, and detail-oriented while seeing a big picture when you work on tasks/assignments, and communicate well. Big 4 accounting firms usually do social events as a part of recruitment to test interpersonal, teamwork, and communications skills.

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Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer

The qualities that you should possess if you want to be a consultant are:


  1. Patience: “Utmost Crucial”
  2. Good listener: “Important”
  3. Decision making: “Important”
  4. Flexible: For the ease of work at both the end.
  5. Time Management: Most crucial not only for delivery of your task but also respecting time of others.
  6. Knowledge: Keep updating that all the time.
  7. Analysts: Good for getting best out of your task.
  8. Good Communication
  9. Good at task management
  10. Negotiations
  11. Problem Solving

Good luck!


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Tasha’s Answer

You should have great social skills, be extremely organized and on top of things, great at communication, and a good team player.


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Sirisha’s Answer

Be inquisitive, don't' be shy, be articulate and thorough in your research and responses


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梅炜’s Answer

True courage comes from inner perseverance~

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天乐’s Answer

Good sales skills and communication skills

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Steven’s Answer

Among other qualities, I would recommend developing the ability to understand complex ideas and communicate them clearly to someone who is not as familiar with that specific topic as you are. Understanding the perspective of your audience, and the appropriate level of detail for the conversation is critical to being a successful consultant.

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Tais’s Answer

I think you should be patient, communicative person, with clean opinion, and updated all the time.

Read always news about the area in case.


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Aa-东区刘雪杨’s Answer

I think conmmunication skills is very important , and patience, expertise and resposibility also necessary .You need to know the situation in your area ,understand customer's needs.

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Carole Sams’s Answer

A management consultant must be intuitive - be able to walk into a situation, see how things are working currently, and evaluate and recommend better ways to do the same thing. It involves understanding relationships within the organization, how the personalities all get along, or more often, dont get along.

Management Consulting also builds off a strong background in the field - You must understand what the department or company is responsible for. They are bringing you in as the expert so it is important that you are prepared to deliver.


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Jen’s Answer

Hello! Strong communication and analyzation skills are a must. It is important to be an active listener to be able to understand your clients needs. Continue to broaden your professional and business knowledge, staying on top of current events and trends in industry.

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Maureen’s Answer

Aside from the obvious qualities that are needed (patience, intelligence, etc.), I think one of the most overlooked qualities are those that aren't as easily trained. This includes things like emotional intelligence, likability, conversational, etc. In my opinion, it is much easier for a firm to sit down and teach someone the technical capabilities of a job, but it is very difficult to teach some of these inherent qualities. If you can bring this to the table, you've already set yourself ahead!

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龙’s Answer

Strict logical thinking; Clear presentation skills; The ability to use necessary tools.

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Emilio’s Answer

To be a consultant you have to like finding creative solutions to problems and have the ability to present them to your audience in a clear way.

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Lu’s Answer

First, we must have a deep understanding of the future of the industry, should have strong interest in the work itself, and are willing to develop in this industry for a long time, and accordingly make career plans accordingly.
Two, with good personality quality, including: tenacious, persistent will quality; optimistic, open mind; active, positive work style.
Three, strong learning ability and ability to solve problems independently.
Four, good communication skills, fluency in Mandarin and English.
Five. Good professionalism and moral integrity.


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Sara’s Answer

1. Be client-focused: At the end of the day, Consultants exist to serve the needs of the client. I have found that the most successful Consultants, not only exceed current client expectations, but anticipate their needs.
2. Build team & client rapport: Having a good relationship with both your team (so they have your back), but also build a relationship with your key clients that isn't purely-work oriented. Asking them about their weekend, their kids, goes a long way!
3. Be organized, detail-oriented, and communicative: The three skills I found most valuable to draw upon in my consulting engagements.

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婧’s Answer

I think a good consultant should have the ability to learn and analysis ability, communication ability, team cooperation ability, the ability of self-management

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Ryan’s Answer

Focus on your problem solving skills - do your best to bring a suggestion to each and every problem or barrier you or your clients face.

Be proactive and don't hesitate to share your ideas, but also be flexible. Remember, there may be a better idea out there so don't worry if your suggestion isn't the final answer - the shared goal of a high performing consulting team is to bring the best answer to the client.

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Jerel O.’s Answer

1. Professionalism
2. TIme Management
3. Good Judgment
4. Critical Thinker
5. Strong Communication Skills
6. Expert Knowledge
7. Active Listening
8. Positive Reputation

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Nolan’s Answer

As a consultant you need to first be able to connect with clients on a personal level. Take advantage of every opportunity life has to offer and get involved in things you like to do. That could be listening to music, playing (or watching) sports, volunteering, getting an interesting job, or traveling to new and interesting places. Simply put you need to build life experience! All those experiences contribute to making you well-rounded and a stronger "conversationalist." Your ability to relate to your clients on a personal level will accelerate the time it takes to earn respect and trust.

Second - you must have strong professional skills: the ability to speak and present in front of groups; strong written and oral communication skills; and a strong technical knowledge of the area you wish to consult on. Don't worry if you are not perfect at these things now, but do not be afraid to expose yourself to experiences that will strengthen these skills. You will get better with practice and experience.

Lastly, pick a consulting specialty in a topic that you are interested in. That will make it much easier to dive in and become an expert before advising others!

Hope this helps!

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Edward’s Answer

Personally my answer would be to learn to be great at data analysis and love presenting. Consulting of most kinds requires a hard look at existing processes, finding and solving for existing pain points in the business model, then presenting solutions you find into meaningful and most importantly, revenue driving impacts to their business. Listening to your client will be extremely important like other said.

Where to start?

Be creative with numbers. Companies deal mostly in the measurement of metrics. They know if certain numbers =X they will profit Y. So diving into and owning their metric numbers is huge. Excel, SQL, Tableau as well as some advanced math like statistics and data analysis will be a friend in most cases. Taking a few financial, marketing, and presentation classes would also be extremely important. Seriously, don't shy away from those math classes. Familiarity in Statistics and other advanced math courses will give you the confidence behind your numerical findings. Math also has this magical property of enchaining your own mental endurance to tackle complex problems that aren't necessarily math related. You'll learn to think through things objectively and base things on facts. That's key to becoming a great consultant.

With those skills in hand, you can have the confidence of feeling well rounded and ready for most challenges.

I hope you make that dream a reality.
Good luck!

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Pei’s Answer

Patience, expertise, human and management qualities but you know what the best Management Consultant i had the chance to meet had all something is common.

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Junnie’s Answer

Outstanding experience and good networking. You will need to build a good profile, specialise in something that you can do best than everyone else. Then, you will need to build a good network to market yourself!


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Yuan’s Answer


Professional knowledge and empathy.

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Amelie’s Answer

A consultant needs creativity, curiosity, optimistic , and Empathy.

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Prayas’s Answer

Some really great advice given by others, I think most of it is covered. However, to stress more upon some emotional intelligence skills that can be key to you succeeding overall are having empathy and the ability to manage stress while keeping your calm. Consulting is in general a high stress job for the most part, but it's fun and rewarding as well. Having great people skills is very important, this goes all the way from managing your own work (+team) and the client team members.

Prayas recommends the following next steps:

Talk to other consultants on how they achieved success
Pick some books or online courses on emotional intelligence
Improve your data identification and mining skills

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Raj’s Answer

The most important point is to know that a consultant is a key player in different facets of life. The most important part is to add value.

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Haley’s Answer

Set goals, identify your area of expertise, and think about what your strengths/ interests are that will keep you self motivated! You will want to have strong communication skills and analytical abilities. Excellent listening skills are important as well.

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Rishi’s Answer

Hi Jennifer!

I would say that some of the qualities that make a successful consultant would be attention to detail and general curiosity. When you are working, you want to think beyond data and specific items you are looking at and consider what the greater picture is, and why you are on the engagement, what the client's end goal may be after a project. These will help anchor your mindset going into the work.

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政’s Answer

Strong communication skills, professional management experience!

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Dina’s Answer

Management consulting is probably the best way to start in your career as you are surrounded by some of the best in the industry. The best advice is be a sponge. The more you can soak in what you've learned in school, your peers and elders all adds to your experience. The other attribute is work hard, be confident and create a trusting environment with your clients.

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Trevor’s Answer

Ability to work with a wide variety of people.

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伟’s Answer

Strong professional skills ;Strong communication ability ;Be good at transposition thinking

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Robert’s Answer

You should be curious and want to solve complex problems that are not clearly visible


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Kevin’s Answer

learn more professional acknowledge; get practice; know well about how to express your idea and make your audit get your point.

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玉萍’s Answer

1. Know enough about the products you sell
2. Good language organization ability
3, good strain ability
4. Actively and enthusiastically

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Alexandra’s Answer

The single most important quality of a consultant is the ability to communicate clearly. I would recommend starting to develop this skill by presenting your idea to others. Participate in activities such as debate, tutoring younger students, drama, and theater arts. Learn to express what you think.

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Rose’s Answer

Empathy and other soft skills are just as important, if sometimes not more important, than hard skills. Your team and clients are humans, and being able to understand their emotions and meet them where they are will make a world of difference. We could all use a bit more empathy and care these days - this will set you apart!

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阔’s Answer

1,Learning ability2, Good communication skills 3,Hard working & Smart working Know the training system well

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Jacqueline’s Answer

A desire to learn and solve problems coupled with strong communication skills.

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