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Anybody regret joining MBB or similar consulting firms? What did you do—exit fast or stick it out? Just joined out of undergrad and think I made a big mistake. I realize it’s a great opportunity, but it feels like a bad fit for me personally. I feel so inauthentic at work, and the long hours and stress are already taking a toll

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Stick it out for 6 months at least. The first 6 months are the hardest and everyone experiences a big learning curve.

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Yes stick it out for a bit. Good opportunities when you decide to leave

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Haha same. Not a good fit and I struggle every single day. But smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors and it’s true - as much as I don’t enjoy it - it’s making me a better consultant. Gonna stick it out at least 1.5 - 2 years to improve my exit options

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Welp I’m joining Kearney next month so wish me luck 😄

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I joined just into a bad sector for me (financial services). I hate this sector and everything about it. I have no interest in learning anything about banking. 3 months into this role and no plan on staying in this sector. However I have years and years of experience in another sector since I was 16 through family businesses. Id bet money I have more experience than most managers probably do. Aiming to switch into it by making my case. If I can’t, I’ll leave.

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I think I regret my current role itself, tbh I don’t think I even read the details too carefully when I even applied so that’s on me lol I’m still under the year mark, so I’m going to stick it out til then for sure, plus going to try to get on another engagement that will let me utilize my skillset more, and if that’s not possible, just start applying out. Don’t get me wrong, my hours are great and it’s not stressful (and some of you might view no travel and even not even being required to come into the office as a plus), but there is a form of burnout coming from not being utilized the right way at work, and I don’t want to hurt my chances in the future when I do leave in 5 years from now bc I forgot how to do the basic things bc I’m out of practice. As someone who’s an experienced hire, I know what that right balance is like and that balance is what I want out of my career.

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Consulting is an accelerator + temporary pit-stop for most, vs the final destination by itself. What you're feeling is very normal, and common. A lot of people I know (myself included) continue to feel this way even after the first year, but the intensity reduces as you settle into the role a bit. If you can, I'd suggest you stick it out for 1-1.5 years and then switch. The brand does sell, and it'll stay with you forever. I exited to tech this year after 2-3 years at MBB. Here's a list of things that worked and made me stay. - a) Unparalleled growth trajectory for both comp and professional development - I was able to almost double my comp by the time I left (due to a promotion and market corrections). You also will find it hard to find a role that pushes you to grow / learn and move to the next level as quickly (albeit at a cost of course) b) Branding and access to opportunities - The brand equity on your CV is real and powerful. I was able to get interviews and roles with companies I would never have been able to crack otherwise. c) Breadth of exposure - I got to work on a number of different industries during my stint - something that helped me a) build some unique perspectives, and b) figure out what I don't want to do in life (and therefore get closer to figuring out what I do). To be honest, I didn't enjoy this aspect a lot, but it did help me in interviews to articulate why I wanted to leave and explore something else more deeply / meaningfully. I looked for exit opps for 6-8 months. Looking for exits (if you're deliberate and discerning about where you want to go next) is exhausting and time consuming. But if you put in the time, chances are something special will eventually come along.

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Also - its tough on everyone right now with the world being in a pandemic and everyone working remotely so give yourself a little grace for not enjoying it enough! If you know what things you want to change, be open to talk to the right people about it, and most will help support your career.

Yeah stay for at least two years get the skills you need and make a clean exit to somewhere else. Also what makes you fee inauthentic at work? Like do you feel like you are not yourself or you have to put on a persona?

I think that can definitely take its toll there are a lot of clients whose work I just could give two 💩s about. What about longer term. I think there are opportunities in consulting that really can help to accelerate your career and give you options that other spaces would not allow. I worked previously in executive coaching and many of my clients feel the same way you do and have expressed not being authentic. Happy to talk further. There are ways to make it more interesting and give you the space to make the next step happen

Maybe it’s a firm culture thing but I’ve definitely been on boring projects (think financial risk) where the manager acknowledges it and doesn’t expect us to be thrilled. At the end of the day, it is most important to find people at the firm who will support you and you feel comfortable with.

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