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Hi ladies! For those of you who have been in consulting a while, how long did it take you to get promoted after you first felt you deserved it? I'm new to the consulting promotion process and am trying to understand what I should expect. Thanks in advance for your help!

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You have to actively fight for it. Have conversations with your network about it, let it be known that’s what you want and continue to make it heard. It’s not something that somebody will be actively help you to do unless you enrol them to. Sadly no-one is probably going to recognise all the greatness if your “story” isn’t known.

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Hah - you never feel like you deserve it. I got passed up for manager the first time I tried for it and only after that was I like are you fucking kidding me. Perform at that next level and you get promoted. The more confident you are and the more you tell people what you’re doing, the better your chances.

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I guess to provide more context, I'm now going to be the last person in my group to get promoted (if I ever even actually get it) and I've been performing at the level of promotion consideration (and objectively outperforming my peers) for more than a year now. I was starting to take it a little personally, but I saw a post from someone here saying she had been passed over for promotion for 3 years (!). And now I'm wondering if this is more normal than I think??

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You may never *** maybe you will and if you do, you were probably ready for it before the promotion.

You have to be performing at the next level when the discussion cycle occurs. How long this takes depends on your project(s). I'd try to have hit one significant milestone while performing at the level for a good story assuming you meet all other explicit requirements. Personally, I was 6 months into turning a trainwreck around and performing 2 levels above where I was at the time of discussions so my advocate said it was a no brainier, especially for a new analyst. Time to promotion was 15 months due to start date/ effective date.

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