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What are everyone's thoughts on firm activities/professional development work that you do outside billable hours? Anyone else feel that most are a complete waste of time?

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Im a SM and most of it is a waste of time because they are poorly led and the objective is unclear. Know your objective and what you want the result to be, the the initiative can have merit.

If a Partner/Director/SM, can't do that - you are wasting your time

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I will add the professional development will have more impact than firm activities. But not much. What matters is the internal projects you support and how impactful those projects are and how impactful your contribution on said project was. "Impact" is the key word. Make sure your efforts are impactful.

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Don't do it expecting it to impact your raise or chance of promotion, because it doesn't. Plenty of ppl that skip things like Impact Day at Deloitte (firm wide volunteer day) still get promoted.

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You're a BTA, hence will not give you shit for asking such a question. It is not a waste of time when you are working to develop a new POV or service offering that will help generate more sales. More sales = more billable hours.

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It's a good way to build your network. Depends on how much you like the current work you do or people that you work with.

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PwC 1 I understand. But what I've also noticed is that a lot of Ms, SMs will have fresh new analysts spend countless hours on evenings and weekends doing mundane tasks on things that they probably won't get recognized for + are not interested in but don't want be the new kid that says no.

But then again really depends on the type of work you do + the people you work with.

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It's good for getting your foot in the door for something new.

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Waste of time but you need to do it for "optics" - find something you can sort of stomach so that you have shit to put on your YE. Since you know "compared to your peers" you don't want to be behind.

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