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I started my career at Accenture 3.5 years ago. (B.Tech, IT grad) I've been dealing with business/functional specific things since I've joined. Though in the first 1.5 year, they didn't even have a definite name for the work we did. About 1.5 year ago, they convinced me to take up a dual role of Dev/ Business Analyst as a result of me asking them for a dev role since I joined project. They really wanted me to do the BA. I quickly transitioned into a full BA/BSA role because I enjoyed it and was good it at, much more than development. Now, I've been in this role for 1.5 year and I am certain that I'm being taken advantage of due to the yoe and career level I'm at, among other things. I work incredibly long hours and am always stressed. My mental and physical health have deteriorated a lot. I'd really like a change but I'm worried about the job criteria being listed at other companies (where quite a few want a developer, tester and analyst all in one). I'm incredibly confused on what roles to apply for and which skills I should have before I do. I have been told by colleagues that they appreciate my analysis work and enjoy working with me but I feel like I'm stunted here in both learning about the role and learning in general. My experience so far is with: requirement gathering, user stories creation, analysing the requirements and beyond, Creating the business logic to be used by dev team, Conducting demos for clients and testing teams, the occasional testing (not with testcases. Just for my satisfaction that business logic is being implemented properly), analysing the system(s) vs the requirements and finding things that weren't initially considered, suggesting UI/UX changes beyond initial requirements (this one I mostly do because it's fun. I don't know how to create clean wireframes and all that jazz), Occasional user guide documentation, reviewing test cases (very high-level because I don't have experience with testing). I don't want to toot my own horn but I have fairly effective communication skills and am good at settling conflict that may be due to miscommunication between teams and/or leads. I'm always told that I'm key resource but at this point, I'd rather not be. I haven't done any certifications or training related to this. Please advise on the following: - What sort of roles to look for when applying for jobs? - What skillset should I have? - What are the most important things for a BA/BSA role? - What certifications are truly important (IIBA?) I'd rather not do development work because it's not my strong suit but I would really like to improve on the skills I do have. People keep telling me to switch companies but I'm honestly terrified that I don't have the skills to make the jump. I'm at a point where I don't have any time outside of my role tasks to study for certifications. But I'm afraid that's never going to happen if I stay stuck in my present situation. I need to get out of this jam and any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA!

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I understand your feeling of being stuck but trust me you have a lot of skills that you can build on. You're doing exceptionally well for your YOE. I don't have te technology background so will just say 2 things: 1. Try to master/learn skills you really enjoy. That ways even if you have more work you wouldn't be stressed. 2. If you've decided to switch, start being a little selfish and spend time on your growth and development rather than doing ad-hoc work for others. All the best!

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Hi! I'm from a Tier 3 B.Tech college. Worked at HCL for 2.5 years in technology consulting. Followed by PGPM from Great Lakes, Chennai. 4 years at TCS in digital strategy consulting for CPG & Retail clients. I started with Presales, did some digital strategy consulting (assessments, roadmaps, execution) in the areas of digital marketing, commerce, customer experience. Added experience around business development, marketing and innovation. I joined TCS with 9LPA, 4 years later, I'm at 12LPA (with an 5% increment due anytime). All companies I've interviewed for are ready to give only 30-35% hike. Now I feel bad that I should have switched earlier. The only upside has been great exposure, great work life balance. I have the following 3 questions for fellow fishes: 1. What roles should I be looking at? (a) Management consulting / (b) Product Management / (c) Category management / (d) Business Development. My preference is a > c > d > b. Are there any other roles you suggest based on my experience? 2. How do I get to the 20LPA+ bracket? Do 2 hikes: Take a 16 now, jump to 20 in 1-2 years? or wait for a company that gives me a good hike? 3. How do I convert more interviews? I prepare in great detail and I'd rate my interviews well. A lot of companies have issues with my 90 day notice period. I've interviewed intensively but have been rejected in the last round citing "your experience doesn't match our requirements". They're doing 2-4 rounds and realize in the end rather than finding out by simply reading my resume. I guess most companies find better candidates and hence reject me.

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I am working in tcs bpo from last 4.5 years with the package of 4 lpa. And right now i am looking for better prospect. Plz let me know if some one have any... Also i am having a good knowledge of python programming and I am ready to join as a freher.

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I'm currently working as a tester for last 1 year and I want to switch to some other non technical role in consulting then which positions/jobs can I target?

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Now you're talking D1 ! Don't you see Data science/analysis is the way forward for you given your knowledge in it?

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I started my career from Infosys and left with 2.7 YOE at 4.35 LPA. Recently joined big4 in management consulting at 10.5+2.1 LPA (fix+var). Always wanted to go for mba since I'm from tier 3 btech. So at this point would a full time from tier1/2 would be good or a working professional mba from iim Lucknow would be as good ? Counting in the opportunity cost and everything

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Bro , instead of going for MBA learn new skill viz, Py, AI , Data science, Devops. You will be in vetter position than any IIM passout in 2 yrs. Waise bhi, for next 2 yrs no co in India will give u onshore opportunity. Make best of WFH nd learn new tech

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Deloitte vs Accenture for SAP. Projects, WLB, Learning, Hikes. 2 YOE.

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Yeah it's like that at D. But I'm lucky to get a good mentor here. But he is leaving now so I'm also planning to leave.

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Hi I am working with TCS for last 8.5+ years, with 2 years of US onsite Experience . My current package in 8 Lpa, I know it's very low. I have offer from Amazon for Business Intelligence Engineer role for 13+5 (fix+bonus). Is it a good offer to go for. Any insight into BI role. What should I expect, in terms of growth, learning, work pressure and work life balance.

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I'm planning to move to the US with my SO. I have two years of experience at Amazon as an L2. Amazon won't sponsor my visa. What are my options to shift to the US as many companies do not sponsor Visa at such entry level.

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I started my carrer in SAP basis, seven months ago. Could you please suggest me how I learn and run in this field with the coming scenarios. Note all the points which I have to keep in mind as SAP basis consultant.

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Are you planning to get certified as well?

I am an MBA in finance, and working in a non finance role since past one year. Please advice on how to get into Analyst roles in companies like CRISIL, Morgan Stanley, J P Morgan etc with zero experience. Can start as a fresher if provided a suitable finance roles in domains like Credit risk, Financial analysis etc.

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Getting calls from these are a bit tough even after referrals. I managed to get 9+ offers but couldn't get a call from JP, Morgan ,Goldman even after referrals. I'd suggest start with northern trust,State Street,ANZ, bnp Paribas. Here chances are good. I had offer from NT

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I have 5+ years of experience in Java and Cloud Native Development. I want to move to Europe (Preferably UK) and probably settle there. Can you provide some guidance?

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How to find who's the hiring manager?

Hi..I am having 9.5 yrs of IT experience with a package of 33 lakh, is it beneficial to do an executive MBA now?

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so it's true our desires never end

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Hi, I am working as a tableau developer for past 2 years with overall experience of 4. 2 years. I have been working in the same company since the beginning of my professional career. I want to make into Big4 companies in the role of data analyst/ data science/ tableau developer. What path should I choose?

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I think you should start applying for Associate profiles in MBB or Big4. The more hands-on exp you have, the higher chance of cracking an interview. As you grow, you will focus more on UI and design rather than dev and that will make it trickier to switch. Similarly, your salary expectations will also grow making the pool of available opportunities shrink. Switch now...

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I have 3.3 YOE and I am planning to do an executive MBA from ISB or top IIM's after a good GMAT score. However my graduation scores are very low (63%) and from a tier 3 college. I have good 10th and 12th scores in the 80% and 90% category. Would I be able to make it to top bschools if I focus on my GMAT and get a 700+ score now?

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A 700+ GMAT doesn't guarantee a seat. Your work experience and how well you articulate it during the application and interview matters. Been there, done that.

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Hello, I need information about work culture in Publicis sapient. Please share your experiences if you are already a part of PS

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If we have multiple offers in hand, how do we inform the companies in which we are not joining? This is the first time I'm facing this scenario and I'm afraid of what to do..

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Short answer - Don't be afraid. You won't get blacklisted just because you have a better offer from somewhere else. Just be polite and humble about it.

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Left industry for Deloitte USI. Is USI viable for long term if one is aiming for higher pay?

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Gig economy is nice, but loyalty pays out in the long run.

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I am current working as desktop support engineer from past 5 year years in accenture and i want to switch to some other mnc for growth near delhi-ncr or chandigarh area, so can you suggest and help me out

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One of my friend having 10 years of experience as Credit Officer in a govt bank is looking to switch as BA in IT. Any recommendations on courses to bridge the gap and join at an equivalent level in IT?

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ZS : preferably with Banking industry. This is where the expertise is.

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I have 6 years experience in IT . I have worked on Linux, Java, Rest. However I never got to work or develop in Java framework. Projects that I am put into have either some upgradation activities or small issue fixes to be done. I completely lost my touch on Java too. Currently I am working on get the AWS certification. Will that be a right choice? will I get better offers or positions

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135k base and I would like to buy a Porsche. I have 20k in student loans and no other debt. Go for it? I'm not even into cars but every time I’m dashing through the Target parking lot and see one, it’s like love at first sight😍. That is my only justification 😂

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How much money is “enough” for you guys? I’ll go first - $2M/year from passive investments so that I can work on whatever I want or not work if I don’t want to.

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It’s crazy that millions of Americans are struggling to survive on minimum wage, while consultants are pulling $200k+ to make powerpoints

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How much do we really need in order to retire? I am 41 and have 2M in stocks/cash and fully own my apt (3M). I have no outstanding debt and ready to find an exit.

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As I prepared to file my notice, the partner of the firm called me and asked me to stay. They’re willing to promote me mid year in December and increase salary next year in August. The current offer I have gives 60% pay increase and Partner still can’t match that offer after promotion. Firm leadership says here I have potential to be a partner in 8 years and talk about all the leadership support I have rn which is fair. Is this one of their tactics to make me stay or should I just leave…

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As a M/SM how mad would you be if an analyst told you the following on short notice. Family just planned an event for my moms birthday this Friday, so I have a hard stop @5pm. I have dinner reservations with my mom Thurs so I have a 6pm hard stop. Won’t be available over the weekend either. This week we have client design sessions and I’m pretty much the backbone of this (I do all the edits and do some damn good work). There is another analyst who can take over my work but he’s kinda useless tbh

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Project wants to keep me on even though I do nothing all day. I mean I literally sit and watch YouTube videos from 9:30am to 3pm and check out to the hotel. Client loves me. WTF do I do I’m trapped

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During my PTO, my SM called me and asked me to start plugging myself in and he mentioned that I don't want to be left behind. He asked me to set up a call during my PTO to "catch up" with the rest of the team. I cannot wait to get out of this company as this is kinda touching my bottom line.

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EY moves to unlimited PTO and adds a bunch more holidays. Your move, KPMG. ❤️❤️❤️

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For those in this category - how did you reach $1,000,000 net worth...combination of stocks, side hustles, jobs etc.

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Tips for working smarter instead of harder?

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This is going to sound crazy - has anyone ever encounter another person showing up for the job on day one? 😕 I really don’t think this is the guy we interviewed on Zoom (for an IT position). I’ve kept it to myself so far. We are now on day three. Don’t know what I should do.

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Bain just increased paternal leaves (all genders) to 21 weeks. Holy crap.

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Have a near perfect GMAT score, put a ton of effort into my applications, and just got rejected by my safety MBA program… is it possibly because my “identity” isn’t right? (White male)

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Laid off from Deloitte and looking for a job? Post your role and practice here so people can reach out in this app if they’re hiring folks like you.

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Want to feel alive? Write a scathing email to your boss/client you can’t stand, and then press send. But don’t release your click, just hold it down and feel the adrenaline in your veins. Then...

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This is how you walk the talk ! PwC 🤟🏼 Sooooo much better than so called “unlimited leaves” BS. Take note EY Deloitte KPMG

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Please advise: Sent an email to a partner explaining that I want to take a step back in an initiative because project has been long hours, and I wanted to focus my energy on something else I’m more interested in, and offered to help the next person to transition. Got a reply saying I’d advise to say no up front rather than making commitments I cannot keep. I’m so upset that I cried. WLB has been hard and it was not easy making this decision. What do I reply? Don’t want to leave on bad terms.

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With constantly being on the road, what percentage of your paycheck are you putting away in savings?

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Did anyone else have their Amex Serve shut down for "manufactured spending"? Any tips for spending 10k/month for a cc bonus? (Can't use travel expenses - firm requires corporate card for that)

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Why do people stand on the right side of the jetway while collecting their valet bags? Stand where everyone is standing you dumb-asses

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When you go take a photo of internal notes and end up taking it in snapchat.

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