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How do I nicely say that this small staff aug project is killing my morale, career, and desire to stay at the firm?

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EY1 is an idiot, i feel ya OP. Same boat and the misery is real

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I would like to be on a challenging role to grow and learn

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K1 - Thank you, I like that phrasing. E1 - I’ve explored both of those options but there are no opportunities.

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Dont be a crybaby, figure out a way to add more value by expanding your role or taking on additional work like BD

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Use that time to build highly differentiated skills on your own. I was in a similar boat for 9 months and used it to really brush up on my data science skills. Getting paid our salaries to learn whatever you want is not a bad deal at all... Im now in a position where I get to use my skills to lead consistently cool projects. Not sure Id have made it here if I didnt have all of that spare time on past roles.

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P1 - 6 month engagement with only ~15 hours a week of real work. The majority of the time is spent on our phones, weekly meetings, and reading the news. I haven’t pressed hard regarding a replacement though. I’ll start asking the question with more purpose thank you

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What about it makes you so miserable? How long is it? Can you work remotely more? Can you ask for a replacement?

Power through or out. Well, if you want to grow within the bz

The only way is to get a new job

Use the time to start your own side hustle and look for other jobs

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