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Joining consulting was my mistake

 
#1 Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 09:23

Lost

I joined consulting 3 years ago out of college and now realize that I won't be happy doing this job any longer.

I'm a "technical" person, meaning that I need technical (not necessarily technology) job and not something like management consulting where you constantly need to adapt to new projects and learn new skills from scratch.

Problem is now I don't know what job to look for with the broad, generalistic skills I have acquired.

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#2 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 09:32

dan to Lost (#1)

What broad, generalistic (sic) skills have you acquired? You have just complained about constantly having to learn new skills from scratch, which says to me that after 3 years you haven't mastered anything...

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#3 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 10:12

Lost to dan (#2)

Exactly, I haven't mastered anything in 3 years.

I worked on IT strategy; I have helped clients identify cost reductions in their organizations. I also worked on non IT projects, also in cost reductions/reorganization.

My skill set is just one big pot-pourri of complete incoherence. I've done IT incident management processes up to Board-level (non IT) cost reduction consulting engagements. I'm very frustrated about it because I don't know where to go outside of consulting.

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#4 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 17:12

Taxman to Lost (#3)

Go to another consulting and do the same or go and be a PMO in the industry

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#5 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 17:28

BANKAH to Taxman (#4)

Thanks for your confirmation

I always knew consulting is garbage!!!!!completely overvalued !!!! They want garbage!

Thanks for this

Go to industry, strategy department e.g. Shell Strategy and get fired in a few months when Shell rightsizes hahahahah

It's great to be a banker, better a 500K-1000K + banker at HSBC than a garbage consultant with rubbish pay and no skill at McK hahhaa (both 6yrs experience)

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#6 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 17:32

mba to BANKAH (#5)

which firm is this? don't they offer you a MBA after 2-3 years for free? why don't you do that?

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#7 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 19:44

Lost to mba (#6)

to BANKAH - I guess you're right.. at least at the junior level, cause I think at the senior level you probably do have expertise to bring to the table.

As to doing an MBA I'm thinking about it, but want to be sure not to end up in a job similar to consulting. My firm does not sponsor MBAs as tier-1 firms do.

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#8 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
17/12/2008 23:57

jobber to Lost (#7)

I don't think an MBA would help too much. What you need is the right experience... not more education.

I was in a similar situation (generalist with few years of consulting experience) and what I did was basically applied to a whole bunch of jobs in industry. I got rejected by pretty much all of them, since its pretty hard to find jobs out there that look for or match consulting experience and that aren't consulting jobs.

I eventually found an entry level job in industry (basically took a pay cut and I didn't leverage the number of years I spent in consulting either... like this is something I could have got right out of school if i didn't go into consulting).

So you might want to consider this. It sucks, but don't cry over spilt milk (i.e. don't think you can jump into an industry job that wants 2-5 years of industry experience when all you have is consulting experience)

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#9 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
18/12/2008 00:23

A-Non to jobber (#8)

I work for a strat firm and get headhunters calling all the time. Have a bit of industry exp. beforehand that I'll want to leverage eventually but don't really see the big issue of moving out even if I hadn't. Might not want to jump ship in these waters right now but certainly don't feel trapped (and nor to many colleagues who have already moved on).

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#10 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
18/12/2008 09:13

Lost to A-Non (#9)

A-Non:

How many years of experience do you have? And do you feel you have specialized skills to bring to industry?

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#11 RE: Joining consulting was my mistake
23/12/2008 04:32

fb to Lost (#10)

I am often surprised when I read this board what nonsense is spoken....

I worked in strat consulting for 3 years and then took a managers job in industry? Why on earth would anybody take an entry level job after 3 yrs exp??

Strat consulting is effectively like doing an MBA but getting paid for it. The skills you learn on various project mean you can quickly learn the technical skills / knowledge of an industry job and shoot past your colleagues who have not had the same variety of experience.

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