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downshifting

 
#1 downshifting
30/07/2007 12:39

john

Has anyone here have personal experience or knows someone who has downshifted?

I currently work for a large consultancy and previously was in a strategy role in industry. Lots of generalist experience but no core functional experience. Want to reduce my travel. Already have enough money.

As I see it the two extremes are senior roles (all in London) versus manning the checkout at my local Tesco.

I feel there should be something in between but career roles all seem to want someone who is on the way up not on the way down.

Any suggestions?

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#2 RE: downshifting
30/07/2007 12:55

LAB to john (#1)

Done it myself for "personal reasons" about 5 years ago. If you're not 100% reliant on a regular monthly salary but still enjoy the cut & thrust go for an Associate position with either a niche or small consulting company. I did this a few years ago and now control my own destiny in terms of assignments and time commitment. Re travel, I think that has actually gone up in terms of distance (Oz, China, etc) but timed largely to suit my needs as well - a bit of holiday tagged on always.

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#3 RE: downshifting
30/07/2007 13:43

envious to LAB (#2)

LAB - you seem to have got it all. Care to let us know how you negotiated this enviable position. What kind of consultancies offer such terms of contract (is it a contract?)?

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#4 RE: downshifting
30/07/2007 14:18

LAB to envious (#3)

Nobody has it all "envious" - just a different perspective on life now. 25+ years in a specific industry sector with last 10 in consulting (made my bucks overseas - not megabucks but comfortable). "Grey-beard" (literally) status. Effectively self-employed now, work from home (and a suitcase) and Associate with several good niche companies - specific contracts for individual jobs, all non-exclusive but also non-competitive on same bid/job. You have to do your time first.

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