I've been with one of the Big4 consultancies (ACN, DC, CG, PA) for nearly 3yrs now, and am considering my options. My current firm focuses heavily on Government work (so I'm concerned about long-term options), and my role is very analytical (far more so than a typical consultant). I have held other roles within the firm (mainly biz dev and research), although still mainly around public sector.
I've progressed quicker than the official benchmark from analyst to consultant, and with my expected promotion at year end, I will have achieved in 3yrs what is normally expected to take 4 – so a really strong performance. But I am bored of government work, and my work is starting to feel more and more like number crunching – a worrying trend.
My first question to you is, what are my options? I'm not interested in 80hr weeks, regardless of the money - which rules out strat consulting, IB, PE etc. I've also ruled out Government, which leaves Industry. I've heard it said that there's considerable demand for consulting / analytical skills in strategic departments of blue chip firms, but what type of role should I look for?
Next, are there any headhunters that might be worth getting in touch with?
And finally, to what extent is it worth sticking around until I get that promotion, rather than getting out now?
Thanks in advance. TS