For those who have been on accelerated promotion schedules, how do you combat imposter syndrome and manage ageism (internal or client)?

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Intensity, complete lack of empathy and a drinking habit

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My confidence far outweighs my ability + I no longer care as much as I once did

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And a tad of over-assertiveness when needed

Stop worrying about what others think and just focus on what needs to be done and when. Also, i kinda stopped caring as much in general. Perfect is the enemy of good!

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Re: ageism, first be careful using the term. I get what you mean, but it is usually related to illegal employment discrimination against older people. In terms of dealing with clients who are suspicious of your lack of experience, I think it's important to recognize that they probably have a point. If you're young but in a position of power and/or high visibility on a project that the client is paying a lot of money for, you need to do a little extra to demonstrate your value. This means an overemphasis on professionalism, preparedness for the question, the follow up, and the follow up to the follow up (and all the different directions that can go). Don't be a hero; rely on people who have more experience than you to guide you. Unique ideas aren't always useful ones, and your new ideas may be old ideas to the client. Be humble, and learn when to persist on a suggestion vs. when to move on to a different suggestion out approach.

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Ageism - competence and presence. My ability to command the room outshone my youth!

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Switching consulting agencies atm. Currently I earn way below average at 42k€/p.a + car. Next week I am negotiating with another company wanting to employ me. I am actually bringing in a customer with a fixed 2 year project @ 1000€ all-in/day rate (5 billable days/week). What salary should I aim for - and what bonuses? I would love something around the market average of 65-75k is it realistic even though I am in my mid 20s?

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Regarding Marriott's MegaBonus: If I always fly to the client site on Sundays, is it worth it to stay the first 2 nights in one Marriott and then the last 2 nights in another Marriott just to (cont)

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Anyone go through intense anxiety (shaking legs, sweaty palms)? I’ve been facing that for two years and feel intense pressure of smallest of tasks and lack of self worth about not getting a promotion

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Should I send a client a goodbye email on my last day? I was heavily involved in this project. Feel weird not saying something. Any advice?

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Partners/Dirs, when you need something tomorrow morning and you know I'm on a project, pls tell me during the day, not 9:30pm!

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Can you expense anything if you're on a local project?

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People who work 50, 60, 70+ hours a week: how do you do that without putting your project over budget? Are your engagements written to have a resource work over 40+hours a week? Are you spending over 10-30 hours a week on added non billable time? What are y’all doing with all of that time?!

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Get on a strategy S&O project now, try and transfer in, and give up promotion to SC in DD next year? My friend is telling me to target SC in DD then transfer, but i have an opportunity now to be on..

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Anyone ever date someone in their client city but later felt like they were just in for it for the free meals and hotel stays? 🙁 50-50 on what his intentions are and not sure what to do. Advice plz.

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Can someone at PwC and Strategy& explain the Associate to Senior Associate promotion? It seems like some people get it and some people don’t after 2 years unlike other firms where the promo is daily automatic.

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if the new project requires you to commit for X amount of years with the client how can they enforce this? i’m sure it’ll be harder to switch projects, etc. but if you decide to leave the firm what can they do?

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I just noticed that I have a “touch base” scheduled for 9:15, then a “check in” at 11:00 on the same project. I’ll let you know what the difference is when we circle back.

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Was hired into a company at a level that was more junior than my skills (Was out of work due to pandemic for a year). I’ve been at the company 5 months. We’re going through a reorg and my new position will really be leveraging my years of experience more so than other role. Is it appropriate to discuss a raise/adding senior to title? Or should I do the job and then prove myself then talk about raise. I have more experience than the senior members of my team.

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Looking over a possible career transition from technology consulting (it delivery) at accenture to strategy consulting at Deloitte. What changes should I expect? What is the day in the life of Strategy Consultant at Deloitte. What type of work should i except? How different is it from IT Delivery consulting? For example - instead of writing stories and working on client process what should I expect to be working on mostly now? I’m a L9 at accenture & will be coming in as senior consultant at D

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Is your company doing annual raises this year? If so, what’s the typical annual raise (%)?

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How do you get a promotion soon? Also, how do I fetch for leadership opportunities? Just started out with rank 44

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If you client never turns on their video should you turn on yours? One consultant from our team always turns on video but the client never does

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Drive 4 hours to client site or fly with a connection (total commute time ~5 hours)? I'd get about 400 in mileage per week from mileage but obviously 4 hours in a car sucks and I'd lose 1k status.

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