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Moved from consultancy to civil service

 
#1 Moved from consultancy to civil service
01/08/2009 12:11

Kas

A little while ago I made a move from consultancy to civil service and in honour of the time I spent following this forum (and now no longer do) I thought I'd write a quick summation of my experience.

Headline is that I'm enjoying life a whole lot more now. However the key ingredient for this I realise it being in one-goddamn office rather than in different places. This allows me to plan my life around work a lot more better, arrange socials in advance, take up hobbies and interests and so on.

Salary wise I'm still on a decent salary (above 40k) but would have been a lot higher had I not quit consulting. Nevertheless aprat from the fact I'm struggling to buy my own flat, I haven't missed the money yet.

I haven't yet come across the legendary beauracracy in government, and certainly nothing worse than the political game playing that goes on in consultancy in order to progress ones career. In fact I've been surprised to find that here promotion is truly based on merit.

My colleagues are as friendly as they were in consulting so no difference there really. Working hours are not 9-5 as you'd think and a lot of people I know put in long hours as need be, though we get it back through flexitime.

However my mentality has shifted to seeing 5pm as the end of the standard working day rather than 6pm.

In terms of what I miss - once in a while I do have pangs of nostalgia of staying at fancy hotels, and variety of work. Sometimes there's some status envy -- I sort of don't feel I belong in abacus anymore! But when it comes down to explaining what I do in my job I find my current role is much better chat up line than saying I'm a management consultant / spreadsheet monkey.

Anyway hope people find that useful in case they were having similar thoughts themselves.

Cheers

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#2 RE: Moved from consultancy to civil service
02/08/2009 15:46

ZB to Kas (#1)

What a twit.

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#3 RE: Moved from consultancy to civil service
02/08/2009 16:27

Anon to ZB (#2)

Kas - thanks for the information. It is useful and appreciated. At what level did you leave consulting?

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#4 RE: Moved from consultancy to civil service
02/08/2009 16:33

spreadsheet monkey to ZB (#2)

I think ZB has some anger issues...

Good for you Kas and thanks for the insight. Although, I can only wish my standard working day ended at 6 as yours used to! Coming from someone who just spent several weeks in nice hotels you're really not missing much. All the best

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#5 RE: Moved from consultancy to civil service
03/08/2009 06:35

Kas to spreadsheet monkey (#4)

Anon - I left at senior consultant level (3+ years experience).

SM - Well yes 6pm was the time I'd leave if I had nothing to do. Reality was either late working or weekend working on a regular basis. And fancy hotels in crap towns. I haven't forgtten those horrors! ;-)

I probably won't check this thread again, so all the best.

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#6 RE: Moved from consultancy to civil service
03/08/2009 10:28

jim to Kas (#5)

"I probably won't check this thread again, so all the best."

what's the point in coming with your little message to a forum and then leaving - if you're doing it to be useful as you say then you could at least engage with the conversation

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