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Two years in and I'm still kind of bad at the job, which is hurting my confidence and probably making me worse at the job. I'm trying to stick it out for one more year (will be more like 6-8 months with externship), but curious how others who are mediocre at MBB have found the exit process.

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What makes you think you’re bad at your job? Have you been on different projects and are getting similar feedback?

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You're probably being too hard on yourself. Reality is that about half of your class has to be meh or below average.

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The expectations are already super high and when you factor in wfh it’s a whole different story. Not just from the perspective of you or someone in your role being able to do the job well without the same direct coaching and exposure, but also with the super fast growth there’s been for consulting. Offices have been expecting more from second years imho and it can feel like you’re just barely keeping your head above the water when really you’re doing well. Keep your head up, they’re lucky to have you! (And there’s a whole labor market of companies out there who would love to hire you if it’s not the right fit)

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Thank you!! This is a really helpful perspective - the job has changed a lot from when I signed up (for the worse / more difficult all around), and I need to remember that and give myself grace.

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Should have added, I'm pre-MBA and not planning to get one, as my ultimate goal is self-employment and I don't see the ROI for me

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MBA is a waste of time if you plan to leave the F500 hamster wheel.

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Hehe I am very bad at this job too & also two years in

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Got it, good luck!

how are you able to do an externship with bad performance? I think u need to be at least average at bcg to qualify

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I was average in my last review but would be worse if they reviewed me right now for sure

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I have no good advice for you but just wanted to say hang in there!

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Thank you!! That means a lot to me. You, too!!

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What was your last rating and trajectory?

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Option D, all of the above, haha. I can stick it out until my next vacation late this month, which is a whole week long!

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Remember we are living through a pandemic with very little mental health support and the same responsibilities as pre-COVID. Imposter syndrome is also a real thing.

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The mental health aspect of it all is definitely real. I already take advantage of our therapy benefits but am strongly considering taking a LOA in the near future if I don't start feeling better physically and mentally. I had a low point last week where I knew the job / salary / etc. wasn't worth the stress I was under. I'm doing better this week but definitely keeping an eye on it moving forward.

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