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I need perspective: I just got back from mat leave. I do want to find a new job (am applying), but being back in my current job (consulting) I’ve become competitive with my peers. I feel like there’s something about consulting that just makes me competitive that honestly isn’t healthy. When on leave I felt this desire to do something different and honestly freedom. I’ve been back for three weeks and I feel like I am forgetting what I really want.

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I personally find consulting gives me the variety of work and freedom that I want. A 9-5 industry job does not appeal to me. Why don’t you take a 16 personalities test and reflect on your purpose statement (lots of tools for this online) as a way to reground yourself? The competitiveness I don’t think comes from the job so that’s also something to reflect on personally.

Preach on! Same thing happened to me.

I've actually been bouncing ever since. Trying to find my "new normal" and/or "balance", either would suffice. I know the job I left coming back from my second mat leave, I have regretted ever since. My perspective on things is certainly different and it is difficult to grapple with.

Hmm… I think competitiveness could be worse in an industry job where there is actual scarcity in roles as you progress. In consulting, you don’t have to wait for an opening to advance, but that’s not the same in industry.

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