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A lot Travel ?

 
#1 A lot Travel ?
09/06/2008 15:48

Ken

I'm thinking of applying to some of the medium to large consulting firms in Toronto Canada. However, I do not know, in general, that there will be a lot of travelling. I would like to minimize my travel due to family reasons, so I do not know if a consulting career would be ideal for me. Thoughts opinions?

Thanks!

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#2 RE: A lot Travel ?
09/06/2008 15:58

planes, trains & automobiles to Ken (#1)

There are bound to be exceptions, but simply put, if you don't want to travel, don't go into consulting...

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#3 RE: A lot Travel ?
09/06/2008 16:02

ken to planes, trains & automobiles (#2)

When i say travel, i mean working 3-6 months in a different city/country. Travel a few days a month is okay to meet clients. Is this reasonable or do consultants at the associate level and higher require to be put in a different country for more than a month at a time?

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#4 RE: A lot Travel ?
09/06/2008 18:55

Village Idiot to ken (#3)

There are very few consulting gigs where you can spend a "few days a month" on the road. The nature of your travel may vary, but odds are that you will be on the road.

By way of example, this week I will work in four cities in three countries. On my previous project, I spent week after week travelling back and forth to the same client site, with occasional side trips to visit satellite sites.

I usually expect Friday night and Saturday night in my own bed; anything more than that and I am grateful.

Some firms run 5-4-3 schemes (including mine, I think), but in practice I haven't seen a lot of people working 5-4-3. Most people are on-site at the client almost full-time.

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#5 RE: A lot Travel ?
09/06/2008 19:02

anon to Village Idiot (#4)

you will be lucky to be able to spend at best Thurs, Fri and the weekends in your own bed.

some roles I have worked in have turned out local so I was able to spend every night at home, others are as above at least...

expect as a new incomer to be sent wherever is needed, after a while you may fall lucky and people will look at your location and costs of sending you onto a project i.e. minimising expenses

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