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Give it to me straight! Lvl 10, senior analyst. Considering a long term role on a chargeable, large *internal* project... Will this help or hurt me or both? Happy to answer more questions.

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Going internal is never the ideal move career progression wise. But if you need the work life balance or enjoy the work it’s fine.

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Hurt. How can it be both??

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Not client facing

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Yes

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It validates that you are marketable to other clients and in high demand versus the perception of being “scraps” for an internal program. Additionally if I’m a partner (in true partnership terms which ACN and IBM are not) you’ve put money in my pocket and funded my big boat versus being a cost of doing business

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Thank you, that makes sense to me. I'm wondering if people are avoiding saying out loud that that's the reason why internal isn't a good way to go...

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Both. Depends on how u play it. Internal roles give you strategic access to people to build your network. If you do it right you can come out knowing the key players.

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It could help in one aspect and hurt in another depending on my priorities and career goals. I'm just new to consulting and wanting insight... I thought this was what fishbowl was built for?

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If you feel you can handle clients, then go for it. But it sounds like you've only had 7 months of dealing with a certain client. You won't be able to gain certain industry knowledge or build on various client experiences. If you're consulting, once you get to level 9, you're assigned to a specific industry

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All great points, A1! Thanks for the perspective.

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Hurt. Go do client work

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Billable roles over everything. You’re a product. Get paid with green money over internal credits. If I stacked up 2 equal consultants and one was billable and one was chargeable. Billable wins every day

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IBM 1, thanks for your answer. Can you explain for me why the billable one wins? Because of the soft skills that come from client work or because of your personal perception of someone who's done internal work? I'm really interested in reasons why it hurts so I can think through the logic personally. A lot of people are saying don't do internal without saying exactly how it hurts. Some are giving specific reasons which has been super valuable for me.

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Can you explain why it hurts?

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Thanks, D1 and A2, for the insights! As far as progression, it sounds like spending a year on an internal project might hurt me because it means I spent a year without dealing directly with clients. I have 7 months of high-touch client work where I absorbed part of my lead's role. Does that make a difference for me? I'm wondering if this will look like a step back. I'm considering it because I'm highly interested in the area of focus, have been on the bench for a while, and think I could make some great contacts. I'm just hesitant because of optics since it's not client work.

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