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I feel utterly hopeless. I’m worried the economy will get worse and I’ll get laid off. I’m at 2 YOE Big4 and was hoping this would be my year to transition out of consulting. For those who went through similar economic crises, do you have any advice to keep going? I feel like my life is destined for mediocrity

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Fired twice and laid off once. Meh, it happens. What I first learned was to live well below my means. Second, was to learn different skills. Third, create additional streams of income.

And lastly, stop being so damn scared. Fear is a powerful inhibitor to success - at life. Jobs come and go but your mental fortitude stays with you forever. Learn resilience.

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stop posting same posts in different bowls. I know consulting taught us copy and pasting well. But that’s what hopeless people do. Hopeless people are destined to fail. Turn things around. Read a book.

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Try having 4 kids Two dogs a wife and an expensive house at 48 years old and getting laid off. (Not me, one of my colleagues). It would be harder to be in a better position from an employability perspective.

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Thank you D2! That’s exactly my position. Can’t take OP’s posts anymore...

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Echoing some of what others said...Give yourself something to work towards, (applying for new jobs, networking, exploring areas you might be interested in.), create a financial plan in case the worst happens (build up an emergency fund, reduce expenses,etc)... and be okay if things don’t go the way that you planned.

I got laid off for economic reasons year two in my career. I had this plan for my life, and I was forced to pivot. It forced me to find a way to be okay with myself/my life regardless of what’s going on in my career. The economy will have ups and downs, but I encourage you to keep pushing towards what you want, think/act creatively, and be open to life being different than what you planned.

You can’t control what happens at your firm, but you can control what you do. You’ll be okay, OP. Life will be okay.

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You graduated 2 years ago you aren't even out of the starting gate. You realize what most people you think are successful were doing 2 years out of school? Just try to get one promotion under your belt and take courses in New skills you want to learn

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Sometimes it t can help to logically walk through the scenario you are so concerned about. Let’s say you roll off in a month. They lay you off. You get 4 weeks severance plus unpaid vacation. Then what? What should you do this weekend so you can maximize the situation? Prep your resume? Start applying? Really think about your next position? Getting laid off may just be the best thing that could happen - but you need to make it work for you.

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For most college grads, even those at decent schools, big 4 consulting isn't at all mediocre. The FB crowd is just pretty crazy. You're doing fine bud

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OP, you’ll be fine. If you get laid off, take some time to dust yourself off and find a new job. Who knows, it might be the change you were looking for as many firms are picking up hiring now. Also, an economic crisis 2 years into what is to be a very long career is a tiny blip on the radar and not prescriptive of the trajectory of your entire career. You seem overly anxious. Have you seen a professional about this?

Solid reply Guidehouse1 it’s great you learned from the opportunities to grow.

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