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I know this is dumb but starting as an analyst at 25. :( can’t help but think about having to hang out with recent grads and how i’m gonna relate to them.

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This might sound a little ridiculous on the face of it, but I think I know what OP means. When I started here, I was 29 and had been working elsewhere for 8 years already. When we went through orientation, I was picked up at the airport with 5-6 fresh college grads.

The hour drive to the office, they were talking about how exciting it was to have their first real job, how they couldn’t wait to get their first paycheck, what they were going to spend it on, what they thought the job would be like, etc. it was fine, but obviously not the same experience that I was having

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There will always be times when you are in a group and feel out of place. You just listen politely and show interest in them. Or even share your own experiences.

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I don’t think it’s a problem. In my opinion, it’s only a problem if you constantly keep telling people about it. I know this one guy who started at 25 too and not a lot of people liked him because he thought he was too “mature” to hang out with us 22-23 year olds lol and was very vocal about it.

Besides you’re still a baby to anyone senior consultant and above lmao

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Don't hang out with them

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Yo if you’re 25 don’t worry about it

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Stop drinking the kool aid and just be with them

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I started into a consulting role doing business cases, taking meeting notes, and making RAID logs at 37 and it worked out great. Recommend you embrace your tenure and start to think about how you will team and maybe even mentor your peers. Those relationships will be critical for you to progress through your career.

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You’re 25. College grads are 22....that is barely a difference.

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I started consulting at 21. I love working with people with more experience and diverse backgrounds. The only ones that my peers and I hated working with were the ones who acted like they had nothing to learn from us or downplayed the experience we did bring and treated us as their children/not colleagues

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Think of it as being an opportunity to share your own experience. Surely you remember when you had your first gig.

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Lol I am too but never thought this would be a problem!

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You don’t need to hang out with who you join with.. but age is not the reason to relate or not relate to someone.... Once you are in the firm, you’ll meet others and who knows who you end up befriending.. also don’t worry- there’s no time to socialize in this profession🤣

Im 22 and all my friends at work range from 21-30. The age isn’t that big a deal

I understand your concern, but you won't only be spending time with other analysts.

Outside of training, you get to interact with people of all experience levels.

I started at 25 and there has been no issue with not relating to new campus hires. I’m having fun and making new friends, so wins in my book! Don’t overthink it :)

Started at 25 as well, can't tell the difference. After a certain age, people plateau mentally. Your interests won't differ substantially with only a 2-3 year gap, and you'll be surprised how many other 23 to 25 year olds there are too. Plus you're not limited to only talking to new hires lol. Plenty even at your level with a year or two of experience.

You'll be fine. I didn't start consulting until early 30s. Just do you, work hard and learn/grow. You'll be working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Good luck!

Don’t worry OP. Any of the experienced consultants over 30 lumps you in that same group, anyway. Embrace it. You’ll be 30 and then 40 before you know it.

I started at 24 however two analysts on my team are both 10 and 20 years older than me. I see them as equals. We are friends. Age shouldn’t matter and doesn’t in my experience

Is this a thing? To me, 25=22... maybe that’s just me but I can’t tell the difference between 20-something’s under 27. Sorry. 😬🤷🏼‍♀️

22 vs 25...? Like what 25 year old is that much more mature in three years?

I graduated at 24. Come on OP.

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