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My manager recommended I should go for early promotion to manager next year (just became an S2). Anybody have any experience with this? Is it worth it? Any perspective would help!

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Early promotion is tough to manage for everybody. Most of the time you simply don’t have the training nor exposure to you’re administrative responsibilities. Also your client list will blow up and you’ll have a lot extra new clients.
Personally if you’re one year off I wouldn’t rush it. It is better to be an all star senior than a struggling manager.

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I am going to get early promoted come October. I think it’s worth it. I had no problem senioring engagements and spent the last year in a manager capacity and handled it well. Performed in that function on multiple clients and different industries. Have a talk with your manager/SM to set expectations on what you can do to step up to that role. If you want the exposure you can get it. I would go for it.

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If you are really comfortable working as a lead senior (assuming you are audit, idk about tax or advisory), and that you feel you work at the level of your managers, then why not? It will be a challenge for sure but if your manager thinks you can do it then why sell yourself short? I guess the thing is your manager doesn’t have the say in early promotion, maybe talk to SM or partners, feel out if they think you could do it. Sounds odd to me that your manager seemed to being saying you should go out there and ask for that early promotion yourself?

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Yeah don’t rush it. Plus you really need the seasoning as a senior to different client experiences. Instead of pushing for early promotion, consider asking to be put on different clients. Different experiences make you more diverse

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I have seen some be very successful at early promotion, but I will highlight the unfortunate that at most firms it doesn’t mean you will make it to partner any earlier (I.e., they still tend to look at the number of years you have been at the firm).

I’ll add that I was early promoted to senior (after one year instead of two) and was told it’s going to be impossible to make manager early, regardless of need, because of this fact.

Having been promoted early to senior, I thought I was ready but could have definitely used the extra year to just stay as a high performer at both levels, as opposed to be a rockstar associate and a struggling at first senior - I can imagine manager is the same. I think the extra year as a senior will only help you be a better manager.

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