I have an industry background in business rather than IT. Six months ago I joined a top ten consultancy.
I was very keen to enter consultancy either as a long term career or for 2-3 years prior to returning to industry. I received several offers and was looking forward to a stream of interesting projects that would broaden my skills.
However so far my utilisation rate has been poor with lots of bench time and billings less than 2 * base salary. Previous posts suggest the norm is between 3 and 6 times base salary.
I have networked extensively and not turned down any projects. Other highly experienced consultants are also benched.
I have been offered a job back in industry (was not really looking and this was my only application). It is a good job which will develop my career and offers a salary increase.
Should I take the job? Or assume the last six months are a blip and stick it out until I at least have two years of brand name consultancy on the CV? Or assume I picked a dog and try switching to another consultancy?