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Just read something in another bowl about older industry hires in consulting and how they may be a misfit for the team. I’m now wondering if I’m too old for this gig. I’m 40 and just started as an SM at a big 4. Mistake? Should I return to the industry? Is ageism worse in consulting?

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I was in similar boat. There is no ageism but you will find it very frustrating seeing 10 year younger SMs around you particularly when you work harder than them. And it is not because they are better or you are worse. It is just that you took a different career path.

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47 and work with even older SMs. Haven’t seen any ageism at all.. it’s all about how good you are and what you know. Be humble and learn from everyone including the people younger than you. Don’t assume you’re right just because you’re older. You’ll be fine.

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It can sometimes make you feel awkward on a team, but otherwise completely fine.

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