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Trying not to take rejections personally, but each one implies to me that all the hard work put into my job the past few years isn’t valued

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Many of us thought that consulting experience would be a launchpad for the rest of our careers when in reality, the skills from this job aren’t exceedingly rare or hard to find in the market.

Moreover, we’re pretty expensive labor for new hires that will come in and have to learn a new industry/company.

I don’t know what your process has been over the last year, but I suggest you take time to reflect and think about what you’re truly good at/enjoy before identifying the industries/companies where you could really make a difference.

As consultants, we need to be very carefully about how much we focus on prestige, exits to FAANG, external validation, etc. because that is what got us into these shitty career situations in the first place.

The best exit mindset is one that doesn’t focus on all the hard work you’ve already put in, but instead clearly defines and looks forward to all the great work you’ll do in industry.

Keep at it OP—you got this!

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Speak for yourself, when moving jobs I’ve found it very surprising how in demand my skills are (I have not much more than the core consulting skill set)

I think it’s much more accurate to say that the jobs we’re applying to for exits are very competitive. Often we’ll be going against bankers, other consultants, or industry people with much more experience than us.

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I know it feels like that, but at the end of the day there are many other top qualified candidates also applying. Sometimes many of you would have gotten the job if there were multiple openings. Other times it's just not a right for you and it's almost a blessing in disguise.

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Alternate take. You provide high value and the organizations considering you were unwilling or unable to pay for Tier 1 talent.

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You are hunting for one whole year?

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