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Went from consulting to corporate strategy...what’s the career trajectory from here? Having trouble envisioning going from something so high level to a more specific/niche role...but is what’s left just jumping from corp strat to corp strat roles? Interested in hearing people’s journeys from corp strat and any thoughts on transitioning. TIA

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Do it a few years then transition to a business unit leader or function leader role (procurement I believe is quite common).

Also good to transition back to consulting after a few years. Alix/A&M for example love experienced hires who have both, consulting and industry experience

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Become part of the C suite or start your own company!

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If your goals are to continue to rise on up after going to corporate strategy, you should most definitely use that broad high level exposure to determine which business unit/division to go into next.

Most of the time it makes sense to envision a career plan in which you work towards general management/owning a P&L.

Too much time (IMO >2 consecutive yrs) in strategy will dull your awareness of what’s going on at an operational level, which will ultimately lead to stalled career progression.

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If you feel like you can’t commit to an area just yet, use your influence & relationships in Corp strat to explore more types of work either through projects/analyses or even a short stint in another team:

• Interest in Finance: check out Corp. Dev, Investor Relations

• Interest in Commercial: Sales/Marketing

• Interest in Ops: Supply Chain/Procurement

• Technical Skills: Digital/Innovation

Etc...

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Made that move. There's room to lead horizontals or verticals.

Just be sure to give yourself time to understand the industry, as your ideas will be rejected if you don't respect the expertise of those already in place. Consulting skills are a great tool, but we're not always right.

Our ability to adapt, link ideas, and produce high quality work earn that trust and with trust comes significant roles.

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