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Progression through consultancy

 
#1 Progression through consultancy
17/02/2014 18:57

TheGraduate

Hi,

As the name (half) suggests, I will be joining a consultancy arm at one of the big four in the summer and my main question was how often do you expect progression from graduate level?

One of the reasons for me asking was I previously saw someone mention you should be Manager within 5 years including graduate experience - although previously I thought graduate experience was more of "training" time, and you'd be looking at 5 years post-graduate scheme. I plan on progressing through consultancy and have high ambitions for myself (hopefully, with endurance and a bit of luck, one day making partner).

I know they vary at different consultancies, but if you could go through at the levels of "Analyst", "Consultant", "Manager, "Senior Manager" (and then I know you have the "bottle neck" effect which is hard to predict) it'd be very appreciated. I just want to have an idea so I know how my career is progressing in the future, thanks!

- The Graduate

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#2 RE: Progression through consultancy
17/02/2014 21:25

MikeTC to TheGraduate (#1)

"The Graduate"? What happened to your 1.8m friends? Per year :-p

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#3 RE: Progression through consultancy
17/02/2014 21:44

TheGraduate to MikeTC (#2)

There's a reason graduate employment has been struggling over the past few years... may be something to do with those graduates disapppearing...

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#4 RE: Progression through consultancy
18/02/2014 09:38

presidentbartlet to TheGraduate (#3)

To answer your question, at ACN - the normal path is:

2 year Analyst

3 year Consultant

3 year manager

SM until you die (or get promoted, or leave)

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#5 RE: Progression through consultancy
19/02/2014 12:00

marsday to TheGraduate (#1)

Roughly it works like this, but allow for some variations..

Join

Work

Work

Work

Work

Rinse

Work

Repeat

Work

Sell

Sell

Sell more

Sell yet more

Yell at people

Retire

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#6 RE: Progression through consultancy
19/02/2014 12:34

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to marsday (#5)

Mars, you missed out a few steps. I have corrected your list.

Join

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Rinse

Work

Repeat

Work

Sell

Sell

Sell more

Heart attack

Sell yet more

Yell at people

Retire

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#7 RE: Progression through consultancy
19/02/2014 12:50

marsday to Bushy Eyebrow Partner (#6)

Bushy in the spirit of maintaining an accurate list, I've amended yours, which was an amendedment of mine..

Listen to BS

Believe it

Join

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

Divorce

Work

Work

Rinse

Work

Repeat

Work

Sell

Buy fast car / board or similar

Sell

Sell fast car/ boat or similar

Sell more

Heart attack

Wonder where your sudden liking of Werthers Originals came from

Sell yet more

Wonder why people haven't adopted your favourite clichés as catchphrases for high impact, dynamic situations where thought leading change enablers like yourself make a ummm impact

Yell at people

Retire

Get yourself a job as a NED

Die while berating your local MP for something

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#8 RE: Progression through consultancy
19/02/2014 14:10

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to marsday (#7)

hehe

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#9 RE: Progression through consultancy
20/02/2014 18:46

TheGraduate to marsday (#7)

Work

Work

Work

Work

Divorce

Work

Work

Rinse

A clairvoyant did recently tell me I'm due heartbreak in the future, maybe they weren't so far off...

What have I signed up for?!

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#10 RE: Progression through consultancy
20/02/2014 19:23

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to TheGraduate (#9)

Did she say "heart ache" or "heart break"? If the latter it might be that you've got to the heart attack stage of consultancy? Typically it follows a series of under-resourced projects and being given some unrealistic sales and utilisation targets.

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#11 RE: Progression through consultancy
21/02/2014 18:08

TheGraduate to Bushy Eyebrow Partner (#10)

I feel this is going to be messy either way...

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