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Consultants' perspectives please!

 
#1 Consultants' perspectives please!
17/05/2016 21:12

soundofsilence

Hi all,

I hope someone could provide me with some thoughts and suggestions as a sense check and because I am stuck in a bit of a hole.

I work in the business intelligence area for one of the big 4. Having started as a graduate in generalist consulting, I eventually realised my interest lay more in the BI area, and moved around a year ago. I really enjoyed working in BI and felt happy that I was building a skill and my career had some direction. The firm has now asked me (I had no choice really) to work in a generalist consulting area again on a long project. I have discussed with my line manager on this project who said that this is just part of the deal working for a consulting firm, says it is a good opportunity - it may be in the very long term.

From my point of view I want to stick to the choice I made to work in the BI area - and I feel like I have a good perspective to decide this as I spent a couple of years in generalist consulting. I also feel that I am happier/more productive as I am working on something I enjoy and will therefore do better. The problem is that I will not make many friends trying to go against the firm.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Have I got this totally wrong?

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#2 RE: Consultants' perspectives please!
17/05/2016 21:29

SenorMick to soundofsilence (#1)

Do three months and then make some moves out to your preferred area. Three months is a blip and you'll probably learn something. If you can't make it work for you after 3 months then spend the next three months making louder noises and start to look for roles in a firm that can give you BI work.

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#3 RE: Consultants' perspectives please!
18/05/2016 10:40

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to SenorMick (#2)

generalist consulting isn't a good career move in my opinion unless you want to explore and try out new avenues.

these days, people value specialisms more than they used to

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#4 RE: Consultants' perspectives please!
18/05/2016 10:40

Bushy Eyebrow Partner to SenorMick (#2)

generalist consulting isn't a good career move in my opinion unless you want to explore and try out new avenues.

these days, people value specialisms more than they used to

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#5 RE: Consultants' perspectives please!
18/05/2016 18:48

soundofsilence to SenorMick (#2)

Do three months and then make some moves out to your preferred area. Three months is a blip and you'll probably learn something. If you can't make it work for you after 3 months then spend the next three months making louder noises and start to look for roles in a firm that can give you BI work.

generalist consulting isn't a good career move in my opinion unless you want to explore and try out new avenues.

these days, people value specialisms more than they used to

Thanks both for your comments, very much appreciated, I'll stick it out for a few months and see what happens. Anyone else please feel free to add your thoughts

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