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Was it hard for you to adjust when going from multiple years of consulting (culture, environment, peers) to industry (laid back, "soft" for lack of a better word, more indirect than direct) What helped you make the move?

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I know I’m a young buck, but getting paid more to do less doesn’t sound too terribly bad.

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Obviously your experience may vary, but I found industry (FAANGM specifically) to be much more direct and efficient than consulting. Don’t assume the culture shock will be a step easier.

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Why would it be hard to adjust to something cushier

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The demands Big 4 tend to turn some into a bit of a workaholic. If you ever have down time and wonder what “normal” people do that’s a sign. Find things to do that are meaningful to you that you don’t have time for now. Make a list and goals. Spend time with friends and family. Reading, working out, studying etc. anything to break the work habit. If you have the tendency to be a workaholic you need to watch that you don’t transfer it with you.

The lackluster attitude and lack of very smart people around you is the biggest shock and adjustment!

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This is spot on

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I will share my experience. Industry is lot more results focused (at least good companies). As in, it doesn’t matter how many hours you spend, or how great your deck looks. It all comes down to driving results not optics.

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Agreed with MK and CapOne, I did a “staff aug” role in tech and people were very sophisticated on how they approached problems and how to get to the right answer quickly (no PPT, just numbers and reasoning).

Yes I made that move and at first it was nice not having any fires to put out constantly. Than it was weird not being busy 24/7; then I started to notice how complacent every I worked with was. I needed to get out after 2 years. I am back in consulting now for about a year. The transition back has been much more difficult than I thought it would.

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