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How to best utilize your time when you’re on the bench? I have started some online learning, getting ready for CFA, exercising, cooking, reading books, but I still feel that I have plenty of unused time. And the routines are killing me too.

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All of the items that you’ve mentioned seem good and edifying things to be doing for you as a person (some intellectual, physical, rest). From a career perspective though I’d encourage you to keep as close as possible to short term business. So BD if available, and outside of that I’d try to connect with the Partners in your area to help them get to know you better. A good introduction is “I’m on the bench and wanted to know if I could help with anything”. Often, this leads to BD, which leads to projects. Another factor here is it helps you steer you career direction because you can prioritise those discussions with Partners who specialise in the area that you enjoy most.

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Thank you!

Use your bench time wisely. It’s rare that we get an opportunity for lots of study/development time and a relatively light schedule. Always be preparing yourself for the next engagement, even if that means something trivial like learning new excel skills. (You’d be surprised how clever that makes you compared to some industry folks...). From experience when bench time comes to an end you’ll feel a little sorrow at not having fully taken advantage of this time to study and get those certifications. Meanwhile the kind, grandmotherly side of me wants to acknowledge these are very unusual times. If you’re not feeling it don’t beat yourself up. There’s only so much you can do. And some days it’s ok to just get through the day in one piece. Some other day you’ll find that you have a bit more energy to tackle something big.

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Xbox, weed, sleep

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Yessirrrrrrrrrrr

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BD work?

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Have done quite a number across industry verticals for the past 8 weeks

Brushing up your resume and LinkedIn presence. Not necessarily to leave but always a good idea and could even help you find the best role in your current company

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Thank you I did that too. I wanted to transition to industry but so far not many ops coming up

Pick up a show you can binge on maybe?

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Band of Brothers!!

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Build furniture.

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Naps.

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Some great suggestions made by others. Do you have the opportunity to mentor or teach the associates/ analysts on your team anything? A few hrs a week can go a long way. Writing white papers based on projects you’ve been involved in. Writing articles that show your expertise. Good luck with your CFA.

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Business Development

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Firm initiatives

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Drive Uber eats

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If you’re on the bench, start looking for a new job. Not a great time to warm the bench.

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Do you have that freedom? Man at my firm or office at least you’re almost always on BD while on bench.

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Ah yeah, I am surprised OP has that freedom too....

Why CFA?

Lol I thought CFA was Chick-fil-A lol

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Binge trashy tv shows?

Have you read JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 7 yet?

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