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Do you ever encounter clients who primarily need help cleaning up and optimizing existing spreadsheets, rather than full-scale data analysis or model building projects? While some might find it less complex, I see the value in providing a focused service to address these specific needs and deliver clear, functional tools for clients. Does anything like this exist?

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For over a decade as a consultant, I still struggle with anxiety and a sense of dread about the day ahead. Every morning. Only after completing some tasks and deliverables do I begin to feel calmer. By the afternoon, I am much more relaxed, only for the cycle to repeat the next day. Do you have any tactics or suggestions to help manage or alleviate these feelings?

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I'm SO tired and feel done with the consulting lifestyle. I feel like I don't have a personal life right now. What's the point of making all this money? Others relate?

I want an 8-5 job wi… more

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What are people doing tonight and this weekend? It’s been a tough run the last few months.

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Do Executive or Managing Directors have the "mandatory retirement" age that Principals do at EY or PWC?

hii lovelies. So i failed my McK finals. Feedback: great fit, great creative part, great structures for "normal" cases, but the main partner did not like my structures for "random" questions (when they do not g… more

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It’s Friday night! How were our weeks? Anyone get fired or fire annoying people? Any plans for tonight or the weekend? What are we eating or drinking or doing?

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When executive-level recruiters want to catch up after an interview, what do they really want to learn from me?

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Looking for advice here. For the past ~6 years I’ve prioritized work and raising my kids (who are now 6 and 3). I’ve gotten really out of shape and feel now is a good time to get back (switching jobs… more

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When did you start to realize that titles aren’t important? Am not there yet … been chasing a title for 3 years and getting devastated by not getting it.

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Officially done for the week! Took tomorrow off and long weekend in Canada!!! 🥳🥳🥳

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Do companies actually check if you have the education you claim on your resume??

Happy Friday!! Glad to make it another week!!

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Good morning
Is there any hospitality professional around?
I would like to get in touch.
I'm expanding my business (today, I'm in Florida, New York and Missouri), and I'm open to ideas and collaboration for mu… more

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In my 50s and I just closed my consulting firm. Having a heck of a time finding a job. Have 30 years experience in the field of consulting with deep deep knowledge in the area of public health. Would … more

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What do consultants do on Friday night after a rough week!

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Anyone else struggle with your firm telling you anything director and above will ensure you will not have any Work Life Balance or time with your kids?

To all the partners over 40 in this bowl, did any of you make partner in your mid 40s?

Is it worth still pursuing partnership even if you are already past 40?

Hear there's a period of 10 years or so… more

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New into consulting (with 15+ years industry experience) - getting anxiety as I feel like I have a massive knowledge and experience gap versus career consultants, struggling to keep up with the lingo…… more

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Anyone ever feel like they need a therapist, bff, life coach, exec coach, or side piece?…asking for a friend

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Thoughts on exits from public sector that aren’t public sector? I feel trapped as I look for industry roles.

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I accepted a new role at a company, starting in a month. In the meantime, two others have approached me with a way better salary, but I’m still in the process with no offers yet. It’s making me think … more

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Did they put me in this bowl because they think I’m old? Isn’t age just a number?

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It’s Friday night! Is anyone drinking anything? If so can we all join?

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Is the ESG / Sustainability consulting movement dead? Anyone seeing any growth or traction in this area? My firm is really struggling, I wish it weren’t the case, but corporations just aren’t buying b… more

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Which consulting company don’t want there consultants to travel ?

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I don't remember signing up for this bowl. Anyone else randomly end up here?

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Is anyone else here unhappily married?

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Anyone else feel like this job is making you dumber? I was hired w/a specific SME and I’ve barely been asked to leverage that expertise since I got here. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m backsliding in te… more

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Curious to hear reasons for why people are still working. Is it because:
1. You love your job!
2. You know for sure you haven't saved enough yet
3. You have money saved but are uncertain if that's enough given unknown varia… more

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Is anyone over 45 already feeling tired with the this thing called life? Sometimes, I just want to retire, live small and just disappear!! This entire chasing after money seems pointless. We don’t get… more

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I've been grinding for years, my current firm has decided to stagnate me. I have no idea how to get out. I'm too seasoned, or I don't match the qualifications for everything I apply to. Ho… more

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Is it advisable for a seasoned professional to take a board position ( treasurer/ secretary ), where the president and VP are young college grads and/or new to the workforce? What are the pros and con… more

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Hey all,
I recently was encouraged to join a board for professionals. I was not expecting to hold a main leadership role, but I was under the impression that the board would be managed by seasoned prof… more

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Feeling really old in consulting here, also didnt make md yet. Probably never will. Advise for me if i should stick it in consulting or try an exit to non-consulting?

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Wake up bowl! You're not too old peeps.

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Do you believe your best days are behind you, ahead of you or its all about the journey? Why?

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As over 40s, we've experienced the 2008-2010 Global Financial Crisis, and likely the 2001-2003 Dotcom Implosion. Many of us were in HS or college during the 1990-1991 recession and witnessed that… more

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What's your net worth target excluding home equity to be financially independent (i.e, not have the need to save another dime)?

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