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Does this move make sense? Now: C, will be promoted to SC next year Move to MBB after promotion as a post-MBA level role Move back to D as an M This is assuming I don't get promoted at MBB...

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Your approach definitely doesn’t make sense. If your goal is to fast track to Manager at Deloitte, stay put. Talk to your leadership and be clear about your goals, then work hard to get there. If your goal is to get exposure to strategy work, then network with people in strategy and get staffed on a project. See if you like it and expand your skill set. Jumping around isn’t easy and can set back your trajectory when you have to rebuild your network, learn (or relearn) that firm’s way of working, etc.

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If you get into MBB I am not sure you want to come to B4. I am sorry but D is no longer what it used to be. Even if you don’t get promoted you should target a better role In industry.

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I'd usually agree with you, but I ended up on a great team at D that is very hard to leave. The work is unique and I'm happy with it. Coming back to it after would be nice, or at least knowing a specific and empowered team that has something similar.

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You’ll be asked to take a step back to join

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We might hire you as a Sr. Associate, but incredibly unlikely as a Consultant. 2 YOE at D isn’t going to get you 2 years of tenure at BCG. This whole plan is strange though. If you want to stay at D long term, just stay there. If you want to try for a career at BCG or use BCG for exit ops outside B4, then try to come to BCG and accept the step back.

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Why the hell would anyone do this? Either stay at D or go to MBB. Either way, take the time you need to develop yourself to a point where you’re actually competent enough to be in your role, rather than just chase titles. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

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Yeah, and if you keep switching jobs like underwear, I hope for you that you will never interview with me. Because that would be a NONO

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Everyone has it right, this doesn’t make sense. The only thing I’ll add is if you flame out at MBB before manager level then Deloitte is unlikely to bring you back as a manager, especially if people are disappointed when you leave the first time

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since I've heard it isn't easy. My concern is that if I go back to D, there is no guarantee I'll get back in as a manager. Yet if I'd stayed at D for 1-2 years (likely 2), I could've been promoted from SC to M. And even then, the fact that I'd be leaving D above the C level means that I won't have saved any time getting up to M. Yet I may lose touch of my network, go through a lot of stress because of the move, and lose the time to develop the network within D that'll be important to me as an M. I understand the pay difference, but that aside, I'm not certain on the ROI. And yes, I get that I need to get the job first and then decide. But I at least want to get some major calculations straight.

You’ll lose a lot of chances to build your network at D. If your goal is going back I’d just stay or take a leave and work at a start up for a while - but not another consulting firm

^ all of this

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If you really like your team I would stay

Thing I left out above is that I'm an Analytics/Cognitive consultant at D. I was looking to MBB to maybe get some experience with strategy work, rather than futzing around internally at D for it. But I guess, given above responses, while a move to MBB might make sense, it wouldn't make sense if I really want this to be a path back to D? Have to commit to one/other path?

If you love the work and team so much why do want to t eh something else? It’s like dating the perfect girl that you want to spend the rest of your life with but wanting to date other people before proposing. That’s a great setup for a late night comedy, but in real life it’s immature and there’s a very good chance she’ll be gone before you come to your senses.

Wait are you in advisory?

Consulting. Started as an "experienced hire" at D.

Do you actually have a offer from mbb or are you just hypothesizing about getting an offer?

Read my full post... I want to think about what makes sense before I put substantial effort into something that might not make sense. And I've been interviewed for multiple rounds before at MBB. Not taking that for granted, but I know I'm competitive.

In a choice between fast track to M at D and a stint at MBB, would you all lean any specific direction? I have repeatedly heard advice saying that the sooner I move to MBB the better, but I'm rethinking that since I probably can't have my cake (MBB) and eat it too (moving up to get the title and level of responsibility I want with a path that makes sense). Goal is high-level (or higher-level) exit ops in the public sector. Ideally with policymaking responsibility, which may apparently depend on a strategy background. I know the MBB name matters for this, but so does the title.

If you don’t want to do consulting long term and fee you have a good situation at Deloitte with clear path to Manager, my advice would be to stay at Deloitte and work your way up

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