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#16: Emmerentia's consulting journey - how to "level-up" as an independent consultant

Welcome to another episode of the Impact Consulting Podcast, hosted by the IC-Hub - a growing online community of support for independent social impact professionals.

Today, we've got my good friend, Emmerentia Erasmus, on the show to talk us through her impact consulting journey.

About Emmerentia

Emmerentia is an independent migration specialist with more than ten years of experience, including in building the capacity of states and regional organisations in managing migration. Based in Cape Town, she has extensive experience in migration policy and programme development, with specific expertise on labour migration and the free movement of persons. Her work comprises research design; baseline and needs assessments to inform project development and implementation; analytical reports for publication; providing technical assistance to regional migration dialogue and governance processes, including by developing regional action plans, strategies and migration policy frameworks; and managing migration programmes in the field.

Prior to going independent around five years ago, Emmerentia worked as a project manager for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), among other organisations.

Key discussion points

I really enjoyed learning more about Emmerentia's consulting journey in this episode. Some of the key points we discuss are:

  • Why Emmerentia decided to leave an in-house project management staff position to go it alone.

  • How Emmerentia is "levelling up" her consulting career five years on through taking on advisory roles and contracting out some work.

  • The pitfalls of taking on too much work and how to manage the pressures to "make hay while the sun shines."

  • Accepting all the projects offered versus being selective.

  • Lessons learned from five years of consulting, such as how to be firm with clients.

Thank you so much for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show.

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