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Does anyone else feel like they aren't doing challenging and intellectually stimulating work? If so, how do you manage? I've been here for a yr and on my three project. I thought it would get better.

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It's definitely been tough and very discouraging especially as a university hire. I want to feel challenged, pushed out of my comfort zone and like I'm truly developing my capabilities. Is this just a norm in the consulting world? I haven't experienced other industries to compare this experience to.

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My sentiments exactly. I've been here a year and I'm trying to assess my exit options.

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It doesn't better.

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Yea, I'm having similar struggles. Coming up on year two

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Depends on what project you move to. The money may increase, but not the intellectual stimulation.

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I feel like I've had some really intellectually stimulating projects. I've had to fight for it though and be smart about how to approach finding each project. And I've been lucky to have leadership who are supportive of me pursuing my goals.

Federal clients can really stifle innovative thinking but as long as you recognize that's the nature of the business you can still find intellectual challenges in all the work leading up to that point.

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Erry day I'm strugglin

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You have to find a project that meets your intellectual needs...BAH is about helping the client, even if it's mindless. Called Staff Augmentation. So...leave the firm or look for more interesting work. I came to Europe...the work is at least a C intellectually, but Europe is an A to live in!

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It's hard to do at BAH, but avoid staff aug if possible

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definitely. welcome to the world of staff aug.

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Yea its also hard to find stability when jumpin around on projects...same boat as you OP

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I could have written this post! On a project I hate that I can't roll off of because there is a high need for my roll. Do things get better from SC -> A?

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Left Booz for PwC. Haven't looked back. New issues of course but took years for them to smoke out.

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BA6 What approach did you take to find new projects?

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Better to not have interesting work than to be in cutthroat environment all the time

What type of work are you doing OP? I'm in tech consulting and feel the same.

I concur with BA6. (Not HR, I swear)

OP, booz Allen isn't a "consulting firm," exactly. We're a federal systems implementation / staff aug firm that does some legit consulting work. I don't think that booz is indicative of a typical consulting firm experience.

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