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Which job is safer?

 
#1 Which job is safer?
07/06/2010 22:12

anon

Between industry and consulting, where do you think there is a better job security?

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#2 RE: Which job is safer?
07/06/2010 22:26

Sir Duncan Ballantyne MBA PhD to anon (#1)

Industry... obviously.

In consulting you have up or out policies, management that hire and fire just to temporarily staff projects, and you are only as secure as the next project you have lined up (i.e. good luck if the firm's not busy). You also have extremely harsh appraisals and you're expected to be superman all the time. Not to mention having to compete with about 10,000 desperate little dweebs that would happily stab you in the back to get your job because they have read too many Sunday Times articles about how amazing consulting is pay-wise and they think they can do better and/or are more deserving (not that they'll think the same after 6 months on the job though).

Yours,

Sir Duncan (Not the real one).

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#3 RE: Which job is safer?
08/06/2010 08:45

Mars A Day to anon (#1)

Do you want a job for life? Frankly nothing is particularly safe anymore - even the public sector is being hit. Rather than look for the most secure sector/job etc, look at your own skills and ask yourself how employable you are - this is the only real security and a good MC should be able to move back and forth between industry and consulting through their career.

Within consulting I think we are seeking a couple of things happening - one the return to brand (can you blame them? No one ever got fired for hiring PwC or IBM etc), the other (as debated quite amusingly in the FT yesterday) the increasing number of senior management in industry who have MBAs or are ex consultants and are therefore questioning the value of consulting (particularly strategy). But then the argument goes if they cut it why leave consulting? Ad nauseam.

Simple solution is make yourself employable, both in skills and a positive, can do, let's do outlook, be nice to people.

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