Should a consultant know everything?

Originally published in The World of Data, but I think it goes beyond PostgreSQL

The World of Data

Although I am often asked to do some consulting and like helping people, my two consulting jobs left me with a strong opinion that I do not like to be a consultant.

Recently, I mentioned this fact in a professional conversation, and the reaction was somewhat unexpected. The conversation went like this: yes, some people feel uncomfortable consulting because you are expected to know everything, and then they are afraid that they will get a question to which they do not know the answer. But if you work for a consulting company, you do not need to worry about that because there are always others you can ask, and somebody will know. And the customer does not need to know that you used other resources.

I never thought about consulting that way because I never saw it as a problem that I might not know something. It is perfectly normal…

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