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I got comfortable in my staff aug role where I work about 20hours a week. Asked to be off boarded but doesn’t seem like the current pipeline of projects will be any better... Two years out of undergrad and honestly haven’t learned or had to learn anything for these projects. Worried about my growth prospectives here.

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So many comments here praising ‘learning and growing,’ ie working 60-70 hours a week just to show you are in it to win it. You’ll realize these people are wrong later on. Be thankful for the time you have if you’re able to learn, and don’t just volunteer for nonsense just to make yourself look like a team player. Use your time to grow monetarily / professionally / personally. Be wary of those who can’t believe you don’t dedicate all your waking moments to the job

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Depends what you deem meaningful. If you mean developing products and working with stakeholders, sure. Taking control of his or her career means narrowing down exactly what that means for a particular person. I would suggest for someone like this to ensure they have one or two key skills from this current gig (there’s always a skill you can find), know how to communicate this skill, and then focus on getting a new project or prioritize other areas outside work. I do not agree with searching out proposals or +1 activities and pretending he or she is passionate about it. In doing so, this person will give the wrong impression to higher ups, and they will try to funnel them into projects THEY like, not what’s good for OP.

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Start going to the gym and work on certifications m8. You'll look back on this time with fondness.

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If you are only working 20 hrs, why don’t you help on some internal initiatives or study for a cert. or network at the client to try and win more work....there is so much you could be doing to learn or challenge yourself! Talk to your advisor and get ideas beyond what I just mentioned. Make the most of your situation and stop worrying about what this project will “give” you. Every project presents opportunities, it is up to you to capitalize on them.

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Do you have an advisor? They should be able to help you work through ideas on career direction and self study. Network with peers (or those 1-2 levels above you) and learn what they are doing.

That sounds like paradise

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Not exactly like I can take half a day off. Feel like I’m still “on call” for the client. Feel worried when I’m away for over an hour.

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Been there, I'd try to GTFO asap.. if you care about learning and growth. If not then just enjoy the easy paycheck

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I'd take the easy paycheck tbh if in the b4 - you will have plenty of opps to be challenged at work throughout time. I took staff aug when the pandemic hit and its been a mental health saver. No stress about an m/sm forcing me to do extra work that the client won't ever see.

Sounds like paradise. I was extremely busy my first project with frequent weekend work on a terrible tech implementation for 1.5 years. I learned how to deal with difficult clients and problem solve but no transferable hard skills. I'm sure if you poll most young consultants they feel like they haven't learned anything regardless of what kind of project they're on. Use your free time to network with other people at your firm or learn how to do python or SQL and enjoy it. As long as your manager thinks you're pulling your weight you'll be fine

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What firm? Staff augs early in your career are tough since you aren’t learning a whole lot. Also hard to explain what you did on a resume. Definitely would recommend getting out sooner rather than later. Source: Myself. Was on a staff aug project for a 1.5 years before getting out. Thankfully was able to sell the experience and just put in my two weeks with my firm to go to tech strategy work at B4

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👆🏻this!! So true, especially if you are only working 20 hours..... Plus, you are still very early in your career. If you had been working on Staff Aug for 5 years I’d be more concerned. Use the extra time to your advantage!

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My response was to P1, not A1

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It’s just what sells the most right now. And whatever sells is where you need to go. You don’t want to be doing only strategic sexy work only to find that once you make director, nobody is buying it and you can’t advance anymore. Also, everything becomes more strategic as you move up the latter. You are no longer doing the work, but selling the work and helping the client figure out what’s best for them. It will start to FEEL more like consulting.

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Keep on doing what you’re doing in terms of networking and make it extra clear you’re looking for new opportunities with practice leaders. Eventually something will come up and you’ll realize the grass is always greener. I was on a staff aug role for a few months and was bored out of my mind. Now my current project is working me like a dog and I miss the chill staff aug role.

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Is the new role helping you further your career?

Honestly, much of consulting is really just staff aug branded as something more. I’m 10 years in, and although I’ve had a few projects here and there that felt like true strategic consulting, most of it is PMO or staff aug, but with deliverables and an end date. Maybe it’s just my group, but I’ve worked outside of my group as well, and I’ve found the same thing to be true.

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Believed it was just my firm who specialized in staff aug. I knew when I got hired what I signed up for but wow it’s really mind numbing work, feel like a full time intern pushing along day to day tasks VP’s don’t want to or is too time consuming to do.

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