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[Serious question] What does it feel like to actually love your job? Is the grass always greener? Because I am terrified of waking up every morning to go to work :(

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Means different things. For me, I was probably an extreme. I lived on the road. Didn't have a life outside of my job and didn't care. I was going to new places, loving the life, loving the challenging and differing work, learning, and never felt like waking up was a chore. Maybe, long nights and annoying bosses were. But I still loved what I did. As my needs changed, what type of job I loved changed. But at the end of the day, I'd say loving the job was accepting it as it was. The good and the bad. And ok or even happy with it being a part of my life. Now, I don't love my job. I actually hate it. Largely because not only does the work suck, but I hate my boss, and my team. So I will probably leave soon.


I was in industry before MBA (where I was well paid and liked my job). Then post-MBA I went into consulting (where I’m well paid and hate my job). And now I’m about to go back into industry (where I’ll be paid even more, and am excited about my job and team I’m joining!) As cliche as it sounds, the biggest difference between loving and hating your job isn’t always the type of work, but the quality and fit of the culture, work environment and the people. I’ve had this exit locked down for months and my future manager has been much more present/effective than any coach or engagement manager at my firm. I will have only made it 2 years in Consulting because I’m sick of convincing myself that the grind, prestige, and competitive work culture are worth it when my happiness is clearly eroding.

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Our cutthroat culture is really miserable, OP. I feel for you.


cutthroat culture? wow, I’m glad I’m not in your office/region. I thought that didn’t exist at BCG. The culture I’ve experienced is great. I’ve met some of my dearest friends in BCG. Work still sucks in terms of WLB (that part I hate), but at least culture should be great. OP, if you like consulting maybe you could try other offices before giving up. (like ambassadorship, and those programs)

OP, so much better on the other side. No more Sunday scaries. I work less, the content is more interesting, my coworkers are great, and at least this year, earning way more than I would've at BCG. left at PL, not looking back.


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I just switched firms and am very content (other than the fact that my new firm announced layoffs). But I’m happy with my actual job and firm. For me, the grass was actually greener.


Maybe! I was at my old firm for a long time doing the same thing and now I’m at a new firm doing better/shorter projects. This is all dependent person to person but is all to say that’s it’s possible to be content with work (even if it is for a honeymoon period)


Yes. I worked a job that I didn’t like where I had multiple bosses (like Office Space) and no clear organizational structure. Work could come from any direction... and most of it was meaningless. The job had the usual perks - travel, expense account, etc. but I quickly realized those were a poor substitute for happiness. After months and months of searching, I had a golden opportunity land in my lap to transition to a quickly growing firm servicing America’s cannabis industry. I jumped on that opportunity and it’s been green grass ever since. Now, my grandfather used to say, “If work were fun, they’d sell tickets.” There is still work. There are still things that I don’t really want to do. But I do them. And I feel better doing them than I did when my hours at work seemed to build up to a big, fat nothing. Instead of being another replaceable cog in the machine, I feel valued and I feel valuable. I get to make a tangible difference for our clients across the country. My bosses (there are still three! Lol) make it a priority to invest time, knowledge, and resources to actively develop their employees. After only nine months on the job, I’m already training new hires. Your job might suck now, but you’re just building character so you’re ready to knock that dream job out of the park down the road. Don’t give up! You got this.


I am definately interested in hearing about your marketing experiences in the cannibis industry. I'm starting to feel really unmotivated in my current role as my company will not let me transition into marketing strategy because of "timing" and the economy....they've forced me into a project that is audit based and I feel miserable doing it. Thank you for your resonating post VP

I get really excited to go to work. I find myself googling things about my projects on the weekends and nights and genuine being interested in it. I bring it up in casual conversation. Oh and I spend my amazing salary on anything I want.


I’m in the northeast and PMOs are well know for being extremely chill projects. Sounds like you got stuck with a rough case


My 2 cents : I feel the day you learn to do your job well, you will love it. What I mean by doing your job well is - when you wake up in the morning, you have an exact mental map of the task list. You have a exact idea of what your hurdles and blind spots are. And you have an exact plan that you execute to. The days I achieve all these things, I feel like a winner. Most days I don’t feel like a winner 😆 it also has to do with the maturity of the Consulting industry - but the unknown is also what keeps me interested. I sometimes draw inspiration from TV shows like Billions on showtime (I’m camp Bobby, NOT camp Chuck) 😂😂


Haha isn’t that standard practice? I send an EoD email every night before going to bed outlining everything you said. I don’t think my unhappiness is because I don’t do it well tho


What I loved about my job was the travel rewards and meeting new people. Now with covid and being on a long term project that doesn’t travel, I don’t love it. If an opportunity came up with similar comp and benefits, I would leave.


Holy shit, OP. I literally feel the exact same way. I’m thinking of starting SSRI to get through


I felt the same way BCG3, tried SSRI and it wasn’t a great fit but then did another one (antidepressant), was on it for a year. No regrets. Worked well. Did help me get through the days. Was fine to come off it, some weird effects but not for long. Hope you find a solution (drug or no drug) that works for you. Im not taking it any more because don’t need it but it’s nice to know I can take it in the future and it will work. DM me if helpful

What are you terrified about?


Sadly, I don't think most people love their jobs. For most people, the ideal is a job that they like, or really like. Or at least don't mind. And that job in turn allows them the freedom to do what they do love on their own, personal time. If you don't love consulting, and it's eating into your personal time I don't see how you can be happy


Op whether you’re at BCG or in industry, it doesn’t have to be this way!

I don't LOVE my job but there's a lot of good here. Briefly: 1) I feel like I have a purpose. It's for a good cause (GPS) 2) I do my job well. In the area I'm in, I'm working on the cutting edge 3) I'm making a big impact on the cause I care about 4) There's always a lot of work to do but it's not driving me insane 5) The work is interesting and stimulating 6) I'm building a good track record / I'm growing so I am pretty confident that I'm becoming a stronger professional by staying. All this means I feel fulfilled by what I do, I have fun while doing it, and I'm optimistic that I and others will be better off because I'm doing all this stuff.

Think of it this way, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. You'll come out of BCG with some nice coin and a good looking resume. Life could be worse...

To paraphrase Conan on this, what most people seem to forget is that it almost kills you!


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