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I am sick and tired to death but afraid to leave consulting because an industry job will not be perceived by other people as cool as consulting

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I left consulting 1.5 years ago after 10 years in it, and let me confirm for you consulting is a bubble. Once you get out, you will see the world differently. Not better or worse, but different. I really liked my time (until I didn’t anymore), but you’re making a lot of extrapolations but on working with a small set of people in a limited capacity.

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@D2, someone said it. Don't miss the BS. Exactly the difference that I found in industry and consulting.

Nah I feel you OP. Consulting is cool. It’s relatively high-paying (depending on where you are) and generally has an above avg talent pool. Fact of the matter is you learn at a much faster rate than most other career paths here.

That said I’d easily sacrifice this 😎ness for something less stressful and higher paying (with an equivalent upward trajectory). I’d think about what contributes better to your quality of life.

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Why don’t you just ask for the moon 🌙?

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Having been in both worlds I can guarantee you no one thinks consultants are as cool as they think they are.

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Amen. *formerly worked at pdubs

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Cool? I have aged faster than any president in office (not cool). I have missed milestones in my kids’ lives (not cool). I have seen and smelled things in the airport more than any single human should experience (not cool). I am pretty sure my liver cries at night (not cool). Anywho - consulting is not always cool.

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Every client brings me joy some when I meet them, some when I work with them and some when we part ways

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Sounds like a you problem.

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Fair point poorly phrased..

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I think you might be a consultant for suboptimal reasons.

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1) I don't know very many people who think consulting is "cool" (actually, none)
2) Many companies are perceived to be "cooler" than consultancies
3) If your goal is to be viewed as "cool" maybe explore things you can do outside of work that are "cool". Then you could get a job you enjoy doing, work fewer hours, and use your spare time to pursue "cool" things. You might be surprised how much more "cool" this looks to other people
4) Consider whether looking "cool" is what you really want long-term. If it is, see #3. If it's not, try to figure out what helps you feel content and work backwards to figure out what you should do next.

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I think you really need to consider why you care so much about what other people think of your career

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Hmm most of this is just my personal experience but I think I listened to a Rich Roll podcast on the topic once. I used to spend a lot of time worrying about what other people thought of me about all sorts of things - then I decided to try to break the habit of judging other people. It made me happier almost instantly - I’d just push negative thoughts about others out of my mind and think “do I really care what they are doing/saying/wearing etc or am I worried someone would say the same thing about me?” Humans are conditioned to judge all situations, but with a lot of practice you can train to see the positive instead of the negative.

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Bro I work in industry and manage several consulting work streams. At best I view them as a cog in my machine

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M10 where are you making 300k? Startup? Finance? FANG?

The only people who care about the prestige of the first chair violin are those who are in an orchestra

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@OP, I came to consulting as an experienced hire. I was working at a very large firm in industry, wanted to try consulting and hence the move. When I was leaving my Directors and MDs sat me down to walk me through all the worst aspects of the consulting job. Trust me noone in industry thinks consulting is cool.

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Consulting seems to be something people are glad they’ve done after they’ve done it, never during it

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Just let go. Other people don’t spend more than a fraction of second thinking about you, they’re busy thinking about themselves. Don’t optimize for looking cool, it’s futile

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Grow up and stop being insecure.

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It helps that I work with a product that is currently in demand. It wouldn't be too tough for me to find a new job if I was really unhappy. I'm very grateful - I assume it won't always be like this!

Hahaha no one cares, actually. Do things based on how they make you feel, not because of what you think others think of you...people spend much less time thinking about others or what they do...

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I am personally in it for the money, not coolness factor.

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This.

I've heard some weak-ass arguments for staying in a job you hate, but this is a new low.

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Unless you’re some kind of entertainer or an astronaut people probably don’t think your job is cool anyways

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Also the majority of people dont even understand what consulting is. You will discover that when you start applying for jobs.

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Or on dating apps

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Honestly consulting isn’t cool, it’s just something that consultants tell themselves to make it bearable. See: Stockholm Syndrome

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None of my friends are impressed by my consulting job and my family all think consultants are selling snake oil and wastes of corporate dollars so... industry is cooler.

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Literally no one cares about the job you have. And no one thinks consulting is prestigious except for consultants.

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You're literally dying to be cool?

Or rather, dying to be perceived as cool by the type of people who think consulting is cool?

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