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1st year in consulting and spend most of my time on the bench. Time to exit?

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Nah. Enjoy your bench time and keep at it for another year

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Absolutely not, I know you may be frustrated but this is a perfect time to work on your certs and learn from your teams mistakes and achievements.

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You’re literally getting paid to do nothing and sit on your ass. Enjoy it mate! Consider this a free lunch

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Are you working for IBM?

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Did the same. I got out at the year mark. This is the time you should be growing and developing. You’re getting some free money, but you’re setting your career back.

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It depends. How badly do you want to learn and are you the type who is defined by his or her achievements? If so yes I’d recommend trying as hard to get on another project then if you can’t then I would leave. The danger in having too much bench time over the course of your career is that you have less to talk about during interviews and also when you’re trying to sell yourself to get on another project. Consulting is all about building your personal brand and you can’t build your personal brand unless you’re on a project to learn

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So what are you actually doing? Business development? Writing ic? Who hired you and why are they getting away with people just sitting around. Did you have unsuccessful client projects and so people are unwilling to staff you? I’d say it’s a very bad thing that you are on the bench. Bad for your self esteem, learning, future projects, your leadership, your group, your reputation, your time, your bonus, your promotion. Take charge of the situation and take a bite out of life. Try to get staffed over the course of a couple months (say by Jan 15th). Talk to your managers, directors, ppmd. Crazy that they would let this happen too. We manage staffing so tight these days. If they are non responsive tell them you are going to talk to folks outside of your group to get staffed and work your network. Volunteer for bd, internal projects, etc. If it doesn’t work out switch groups or leave the firm. You deserve better

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SC2: what certs should I study? I am open to anything D1: no, I am not

C OP: what is your practice area? DM me

PwC1: I did get some short projects and my reviews are really good. Talked to my coach and he told me he heard good things about me. That’s why I don’t know what happened with the staffing. I also work on a lot of internal initiatives, client pursuits, etc. but the work flow is not consistent and I still have a lot of free time. My coach is aware of my situation and he is trying to help me. But if the situation doesn’t get any better, I probably will make a move.

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