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Current analyst (1.5 YOE) here with a strong interest in DevOps and Project Management. I feel like I am slowly but surely getting pigeon-holed in L&D work. I don’t like it, but my leaders continue to tell me that all experience is good experience. Should I try to breakout and find a variety of experience this early in my career or should I try to make it to 3 years and re-evaluate then? Have you had a similar experience? What have you done?

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For whatever reason 3 years is a magic period. You need the road you travel to get where you want to go. That said if they are not rewarding you for the research and ideas you bring. Get experience elsewhere

At 1.5 or even 3 years in, you will not be knowledgeable enough to be held captive for your work product.... good news for you and bad for your ego. It surprises me how many new consultants tend to claim passion for an area because of their major or some other excuse just because they don’t like it what they are doing. That’s just working in consulting when your work is guided by business need. Everyone probably hates the work you are doing which is why they have analysts doing it because everyone feels like they had to do their time in the trenches. You should hang in there and do your time until you are staffed elsewhere. When I was starting out, I did the same thing and I thought knowing the work I wanted to do made me sound smart and driven. After 7 years in consulting, I can say that it makes you look exactly the opposite: not smart enough, too lazy, or lack total self-awareness impeding you from doing the work. It’s an excellent way to not get your way, annoy your team, and be rolled off. Sorry I didn’t sugarcoat it but I wish someone had told me so I avoided sounding even younger whining about not getting a choice of work. It’s a privilege and you’ll get there likely smarted for the varied experience and with more respect at work

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