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Anyone feel like consulting has done nothing for you? Applying for industry roles. Feel like I know nothing

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I feel like I’m an outstanding problem solver 🤷‍♂️ probably that’s the only thing.

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More than me 😂

It's helped, you just have to figure out how. i left for industry last year, and the biggest challenge was identifying who was and was not smart. Consultants often have to act like the smartest person in the room, but industry folks are experts in what their company does, and you'll feel like an imposter if that's the value you try to fake. Your selling point when transistioning is likely going to be communication skills and new ideas/solutions. The expertise will come with time. Figure this out: If not subject knowledge, what value do you bring? What can you do if other ppl have the knowledge?

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Great advise! I’ll remember this on my search. Thank you 🙂

I’ve learned that I am a fraud

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Sameeeee

Nah dawg, I’ve been to 8 countries all over the world (Europe three times, South America once, Asia twice) on biz travel, have done tons of personal travel for free in addition, ski wknds during the winter, not to mention more money than I honestly deserve.

Consulting has been one of the best opportunity creators I’ve ever had. Keep your head up and make the most of it while you can!

Also, on topic, you’re probably very good at structuring and tackling problems by yourself, many companies (especially smaller ones) need leaders who can also roll up their sleeves and bang out some dirty work quickly. I’d approach it from a versatile project manager, very autonomous (self starter) and creative individual contributor angle.

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I've been getting sought out by industry thanks to consulting
Which is nice, since I can pick what's a good fit for me instead of jumping through HR hoops by applying for roles without connections

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yup same here

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I think a more accurate way of putting it is that we tend to be really strong generalists, but not particularly deep in any one area (obviously there are exceptions for those consultants that work on one specific type of work always).

It makes it tough when you want to transition to industry in management and at a high salary because they expect you to be an expert in whatever that specific function you’re applying for is, and we usually have examples of things we’ve done in that space, but it hasn’t been our dedicated focus.

The key is to find roles that generalists fit better. They’re out there, just need to find the right fit.

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Very true. Skilled in a lot of areas, master of none. This is what I’m finding already

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