Consulting Exit Opportunities

Curious what everyone’s thoughts are on potentially exiting to work on a campaign. Do you think our skill set would be beneficial? Too big of an opportunity cost? Specifically, Bloomberg...

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Might be a fun experience but unless you have experience in politics or have a specific skillset they value for developing policy platforms... you’ll be taking an 80% compensation cut and be answering the phones / knocking on doors. If you’re into that kind of thing, it can be interesting and rewarding. If you’re in it looking for a cushy policy role or executive position, I suspect you’re running a large risk of disappointment... unless your name is Ginni Rometty or you can build Watson 2.0 for them. I did an election cycle in politics during college and look back at it fondly - for whatever that’s worth. Glad I did it

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Before I joined KPMG I did political consulting. Skills are highly transferable. However, be sure you’re joining at the level that will use your skills and capabilities. If you just plan to show up, see all notes above

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Yes our skills translate well, in theory. Political campaigns don't play by our rules. The people that work on them and make decisions are not working for that campaign, they are working for their job after the campaign that pays out the nose or can be leveraged otherwise. Unless you get on board early, as in before the candidate announces, you won't have any meaningful impact/ be able to use the skills that translate well. It's unfortunate but that's reality. Source: I've worked on presidential, senate, and governor campaigns for $0 as an advisor/ strategist. Far more dry powder and contacts than if I had been a paid member of the team

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Do it. You can always come back. And who knows what path it will create for you. it would be better to back someone who has a better chance of winning (and aligns with your politics) if you can find someone don’t rule out other elections (congress/state/local)

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Thanks for the insight everyone. I really love Bloomberg and figured it could be a good hedge / entrance to a non corporate role there. If I were to take on responsibility and make it towards an inner circle, use that to do something at Bloomberg I’m interested in (Bloomberg beta, Bloomberg philanthropies)

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