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Experienced hire consultant here. Definitely noticed the favoritism towards on campus hires by senior leadership. Working day and night on my PPT skills. How long before ppl just assume I'm one of thm

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It'll be a uphill battle for a year at least. On campus hires just understand the culture and expectations better cause it's all we know. Best of luck!

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Your perspective is wrong, you won't be able to catch up, so differentiate yourself from the campus hires

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Many experienced hires have difficulty fitting into the culture because it's vastly different from industry. B4 to B4 or consultancy to consultancy usually not a problem.

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A1, my goal is to blend in to the point where I'm indistinguishable from the on campus hires. Might even try to get into GSAP to boost my status within the firm (although I'm sure they'll still send their original on campus hires to GSAP)

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Took me about 6 months, I focused my first year on "core consulting skills" and worked with a SC who was a rockstar at PPT and walked me through it. I also had to take a few of the writing classes we offered before I understood active voice. Now people assume I was a college hire.

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Go out and drink with them.

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Experienced hire here and have seen this favoritism. First project was with an S&O manager and HC SC who crushed in PPT so learned from them. Now in an architect role making almost zero decks but at this point it's only about work quality. Remember Deloitte would not work without experience hire's

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OP are you much older than the campus hires?

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See it all the time. CC's don't even get industry hires and want to turn people into right out of college analysts. Op, I am working out n PPT and I am tons older than my team. Just to try to remember that you were hired because you have actual real life experience and I decided not to try to blend in completely but rather embrace the difference.

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I think you have competitive advantage as an experience hire. College hires often get sucked into PMO roles. You were hired for a specific skill so use that and build your network with it. You may not get the close knit classes that the analysts have but if you keep it at it, you will meet people and make your circle too.

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Personally I don't care where you came from, just work quality. How does the favoritism manifest? For projects where your experience is relevant I would think it gives you a huge leg up, as long as you stay humble about it and don't oversell yourself.

The favoritism comes from the fact that those hires have been brown-nosing and cuddling up to leadership for months for a spot... don't let it get you down or make you feel like you lack anything.

I was a non-campus hire at both firms I've worked at. Just set aside some time to get to know people 1:1. Coffee chats in Frida, meet n greet calls. Good place to start is always the leadership on your current project.

Identify the relationships you find meaningful and focus on growing those. This is in addition killing it on project work as well. In the end, if you're good, you're good.

This is interesting because I was a campus hire and felt the complete opposite. However, showcase your talent and skill set and I believe you'll be fine. Best of luck to you.

IMake sure you bring your strengths (assuming you have some being an experienced hire) and do the work required to get the core consulting skills and network it takes to be in the position you want to be in. It isn't complicated - just do it - earn the confidence - be a good teammate and be patient - I know plenty of campus hires that were surpassed, and plenty that have a noticeable learning curve as well (especially at SC).

Note: meant to say "(I'm assuming you have some being an experienced hire)"

also I'm sure your group is constantly bringing in new hires from outside and your practice is composed of more non college than college recruit

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