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4 weeks on the bench. Reached out to 15+ MDs and SMs to help with proposals and/or staffing opps. Radio silence. Guess no one needs help then.

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No, consultant in the SW region, been here 3 years. But spent that entire time supporting an offering in Upstream O&G that's now dead in the market. Trying to lateral to any different industry but hard skills don't really translate over well outside of O&G, which leaves me with just my soft skills. I go to the office on M/W/F and the leadership I know are supporting strategy proposals, but I'm only a lowly MC and can't help out.

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I was on the bench for 3 months and now I'm in PMO. I know others who have been on the bench for 5-6 months and are new hires.

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That sounds insanely stressful

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OP network... can't take no for an answer if you are interested in something

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OP you have been doing this for 3 years... I can go into tips on networking but a lot of people have done it before and much better. Basic idea is if you are smart and confident don't let your alignment limit you. In the end of the day we staff people we like working with

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Which region? New MBA hire?

Make your own opportunities OP

You're in the office? You need to be reaching out to the correct ones - those in the middle of proposals (but that may also mean they will not be checking their mail for unknown folks). An in person connection is better.

P1 - what did you do during bench time?

Proposal work, planning internal events, recruiting, market studies (thought leadership)

P1, Accenture would have canned you likely if that long... most ppl i hear get bench warnings after 8 weeks

At 6 weeks, you get the 2 week warning so 8 weeks in total.

I also work in oil and gas in Houston btw

How's the pipeline for you guys? I'm in Houston as well, might hop on over if I get the boot 😋

OP why can't you help out with strategy proposals again? I do all the time being in MC and end up staffed on those too

It's nonexistent... which is why I'm in PMO

A4, dunno. Holier than thou attitude maybe? "Oh we have strategy resources to help out with that". 🙄 okay.

A4, what do you mean? Clearly my networking efforts aren't working.

Relax

Ask Partners that are in the building. They'll find you something.

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