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Anyone here who started their consulting careers later in life? Always seeing posts about how young people make it to P... wondering about the other stories. I started as a C at 29 (yes, unfortunately, I fall into the bucket of exp hire hired at a lower level...), made M at 33. Doing well but also feeling like I’m already too old to aim to be a P. Hoping for some perspectives.

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If you are a POC and an immigrant, it’s very common that you wouldn’t be a Manager until mid 30s and Director late 30s or early 40s irrespective of when you start your consulting career. I started my consulting career at 25 and didn’t make Partner until 46. Several times I was overlooked for promotions but I couldn’t leave or change jobs due to my visa situation. So it’s not too late for you if you eventually want to become a Partner.

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@p1, interested to hear your story more. POC and currently reading a book on how we POC get passed up for promo despite having same qualifications

I joined as an experienced hire at the Consultant level at 28 and made partner at 40. You have tons of time to make partner (and tons of time to even make the decision that that’s for sure what you want). My honest reaction when I read your post was “someone’s been effing with this person’s head if they think making manager at 33 means they are ‘behind’”. Tons of time, and IMO it’s too early in your career to be thinking “omg but partnarrrrrrr”. It’s a good gig, but not the only one!

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Ha! Checking my roster for 33 year old managers now ;) For what it’s worth, every 2 years I’d ask myself: 1) am I still learning/growing and satisfying my intellectual curiosity, 2) do I love the people I work with, 3) does my work occasionally make for cool stories at parties, and 4) do I feel fairly compensated compared to what I’d get immediately by going to industry or a rival. If I could answer yes to at least three of those, I’d recommit for another 2 years. That approach obviously worked out (and by the way I still approach my work that way). Quite honestly the answer to the compensation question was often ‘no’, at least in the short term, but the others were enough to keep me going and, fortunately, the pay thing is no longer a concern - my ceiling is much much higher than it would have been had I chased the immediate payoff earlier in my career. Good luck with your path, OP!

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Totally possible. I got my first role in consulting at 34 as a senior associate in a smaller firm. Caught the consulting bug joined PWC as a manager at 36. Made parter at 45. Keep grinding and you can get there.

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Same track here, it’s doable. I was a senior associate at 35, director by 40, hopefully partner by 45

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I started as a Manager at 36, made Director at 39 and stayed there until I aged out at 50. Not impossible, but I didn't have the internal support needed to make it. I was in the Partner dev program at PwC, but got counselled out.

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Started consulting as a 41 year old Director at a Boutique, jumped around a bit and became a B4 partner at 51. Life isn’t paint by numbers. Everyone’s journey is their own. Some are straight through from Undergrad, and others went to the Military, did an entrepreneurial swing, went into teaching, or some other paths. Some had bad luck with Managers, firm culture, or pipeline. Not always as straightforward as some would make it.

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Mandatory retirement is 60. All of the retirement vehicles vest by 58 if you have five consecutive years as partner.

I started (in MBB) as a C at 31 and made partner at 39. This career moves fast.

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About to join MBB at 31 too!

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Not the answer you want, but I started IB at 28 (entry level) after ~4 years consulting. Everyone is running their own race. You can definitely still make partner if you keep it up.

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I started as a senior associate at 28 and I'm now a senior manager at 33. I'm up for director this year after only one year at SM, because once I got my feet under me in consulting, I basically can rely on my extra years of experience to bump me past my less experienced peers. It's typically 4-6 years to go from director to partner, so I'd make it before 40. I know people who made it to partner at 50, so there's plenty of time.

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Joined as a manager at 35 after 10 years in industry, made Principal at 40 and partner at 48, with maternity leave in between. Female, and also an immigrant.

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I joined in the post MBA role at 35 and got promoted to the manager role at 37. Left and came back and made Principal at 41. You’re definitely not too old.

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Not late at all for you. Started consulting in tier 2 as Big4 equivalent of M at 35, SM at 37, D at 41, moved to big4 as MD at 45, 46 now and looking at P in 1-2 years?

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Probably not the response you're looking for but I started a bit over a year ago (I'm about to be 35) and I'm doing very well, and have a good shot at promo by end of year. Unfortunately our very well doesn't translate to some amazing pay, so I may or may not stay that long.

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Started in Consulting as a C at 38. It has been bumpy. Changed firms too but finally feel like I'm getting somewhere. Though I'm just tired of the daily grind too. Good luck, OP. You are young. I think your path is normal for most people that get into Consulting right after MBA when they are 28-30.

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I made P at 45 came into the firm ad a D at 39 ... so you’re doing just fine

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Age can impact the opportunity to become a partner. But the core questions drive your chances of becoming a Partner. Can you lead a sale to deploy teams to deliver complex projects or managed services? Can you manage the delivery and engage resources and teams. And finally do the current partners see you as peer who who will make the firm better? Just my view. BTW. I joined as a big 4 partner in my 40s.

I am looking to enter the consulting world at 35 as an experienced hire. Would anyone have any tips for me? I have been trying to network but I feel that my resume doesn't get a look because of my educational background (PhD mech. engineering) and 7yoe in sales and project management. Also any partners here who would be willing to chat or take a chance on me? or know someone who would? I live in Toronto, Canada Appreciate your advice.

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