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As a new consultant... How attainable is the utilization goal in general? I know there are several factors but high level: do most people hit it?

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I think it's easy, but really depends on the group ur in.

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To add to my answer. Much more leeway your first year, but definitely expected if you want a good rating after that

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Yep, gotta hit it. Start networking.

But don't worry too much about the first year

Thanks all!

I'm not hitting mine now, but am involved as fuck in PD work and such. Good luck man.

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