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Just started a new job and still getting a sense of the non-consulting operating flow. For example, I message and ask questions pretty frequently on Slack since this is what I did at McK. However, everyone else responds a little slower here and I don’t want to annoy my new boss. Anyone have any experience transitioning out of consulting? What are some things that were different?

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Prioritization. Consultants act like every request and possible error is a hair-on-fire, immediate response situation. In reality, it’s not. Not every question needs - or deserves - immediate response. As a consultant you typically have a specific project as your focus. I have found I have about 20-30 competing projects, operational issues, HR issues and assorted administivia to manage all day. Would suggest bundling up your questions rather than firing off a never ending chain of slack messages; people will find you exhausting Signed, former consulting director

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Great suggestion, thanks!

I went from industry to consulting. You’ve gone the other way, so the advice is... chill. 🤗 But seriously, everything in the real world is a slower pace and less urgent.

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Haha agreed. That being said, I’m currently still on a pretty tight deadline in my new job (deliverable next week). In consulting, we’d definitely not be chilling. Still trying to figure out what “tight deadline” response looks like in this new environment.

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I don't know if it's industry-specific, but from my experiences, networking was very different in industry spaces. In consulting, projects tend to come and go more frequently, so colleagues seemed more open to having people they didn't know reach out to them. I landed on several projects simply b/c I reached out about an opportunity. In industry, it seemed like people were a little more hesitant to connect. I came across people who seemed to have more of a "what can you do for me" thought process. Now I'm not saying this isn't the case in consulting, but it seems to be a little more covert if that makes sense.

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Haha I get this - I came from a non- consulting background to consulting, and now leaving again back to industry for that exact reason. I can’t wait to have 80% pay bump and a strict 9-5 schedule in a few weeks 😚😚😚

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I was an analyst, went into a large tech standards company as a manager

I ended up asking my new boss whether he had any feedback about this, and he seems to think my responses were appropriate. Lol. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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