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Consultant vs specialist track - I’m considering jumping to the specialist track since I enjoy the technical work much more. However, it seems like it’s perceived as a step back. But what are the tangible differences? Lower pay and benefits? I’ve asked my cc but she doesn’t seem to have much to offer. Also, is the culture different? ….I really dislike working with hyper competitive people, most in consulting are great to work with, but there seems to be a solid 30% that are bad humans

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Do you SM. FB glorifies a very specific subset of roles and titles but there is much more out there and you can find yourself in an awesome spot by not following the herd

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OP and SM1, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the specialist track. Great for a huge group of the folks on this forum. I have really gotten to appreciate the value and career path of that track. Comp is very, very comparable (sometimes more) than traditional consulting. There will always be someone who gives off-base examples to pull you down, but I have been in some key roles where I have seen careers truly blossom in the specialist track. Only downside I can think of is, you cannot make Partner. You can certainly make Director. I have seen plenty of cases. Be very comfortable and proud of being a specialist. You’ll enjoy the journey.

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I’m a specialist but I just started so no idea what the differences are 🙃

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Thanks, it’s my speciality 🥰

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At which firm?

If this is at Deloitte then you’re confused. Specialist is a supervisor track if you’ve actually got a specialty

<facepalm> superior not supervisor 🥳

Thank you for all the valuable input. My main reason though would be for a culture change. Are people more cooperative/honest? I’ve found that there always seem to be a number of nasty players on a project in the consulting track. We all know what I mean. Is it the same in the specialist track?

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