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What is something you wish you should have known earlier, that would have helped you even more with your career and may have gotten you where you are now, faster?
(e.g., Making a name of yourself in the company, getting promotions, salary increases, building good relationships with clients/leadership etc)

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1. Have a thick skin. Not everyone giving you hard feedback is a an ass or some form of -ist. There are people who want to look out for you and hope they can extract the best out of you. If what they say even has a modicum of truth, learn and grow
2. No job is too small. Be a sponge in the formative years and take tasks in your stride. Understand that you won’t be in pole position on day one, but offer to always be in the room even as a scribe if it means you have a chance to learn. Soon you will be handed the reins because you’ve seen the job many times over
3. Pick a mentor and make sure you let them know. Good People like coaching others, if you like someone and their way of working let them know and ask if they’d be your unofficial firm mentor
4. Decide what you want to specialize in early on so you can turn it into a spike before it becomes your calling card. Helps if you want to stay in consulting in the long haul because clients value empathy in situations and an understanding of their dynamics vs a general approach. And if you want to exit to a leadership position, don’t worry of being pigeonholed unless you’ve gone in too deep (and you’ll know when you’re in deep).
5. Titles don’t matter. Pick a job where you can grow, your skills are valued, and you’re rewarded fairly. In a world where fancy titles are the norm, rest assured that what you’re doing is high impact for the firm, and most importantly, yourself
6. Coffee chat coffee chat coffee chat. Never say no to an outing or a chance to mingle. Develop a solid memory and build a mental Rolodex. Not so that you can mooch favors but more because you could make connections between people and serve as a catalyst, and who knows, suddenly you become a connector!

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1. Find a mentor. Don’t be a lone wolf. Always talk to someone who’s walked your path before you.

2. Take care of your mental health and take time off frequently—- I’ve seen too many talented people leave because they were burned out and just didn’t give a crap anymore.

3. Whenever you’re offered a job, always consider—“what’s my next job after this one?”

4. Be a good person— even when the pressure of the job is bearing down upon you, don’t forget to be polite, professional and kind, especially to those below you.

5. Do an honest job for an honest day’s pay— meaning, don’t get into the cynical habit of trying to get away with as little work as possible. You’ll get away with it for a while, but eventually people will notice and you’ll have to pay the piper.

6. Squeaky wheel gets the grease— go out of your way to introduce yourself to partners and other movers and shakers. Schedule time to meet face to face. People want you to succeed— but first they need to know who the hell you are.

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Perception > Reality

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It's safer to be actually good, it's essential to be perceived as good, it's not enough to just be good if you're not perceived as good, so you need to be both good and perceived to be good.

You can draw the 2x2 matrix yourself in true consulting fashion :-)

The firm is making business/promotion decisions based on what’s best for the firm, which means you need to make career decisions based on what’s best for you

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Ideally, speak (and think) in a way that aligns your skill set and your goals with your firm, see if the firm feels the same way. If not, find another buyer for your skill set, a supportive environment for your goals.

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CYA while kissing ass > hard work alone

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Get everything in an email

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Never go against your gut when it comes to leadership

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Do you have a real life example for us?

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Work hard at everything you’re given early on in your career - even if you’re not excited by it. People are always watching with a keen eye, and you never know who you might impress

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Maybe work smart is the better term

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- Ask clarifying questions whenever you don’t understand something or need more direction, if you have a question somebody else in the same discussion/ meeting probably has the same question too.
- Advocate for yourself and be vocal about your accomplishments, what you are interested in and your career aspirations/ goals, especially in consulting where there is no handholding. Good leadership will help you find the opportunities you’re interested in because that ultimately means you’ll stay in an organization to advance your career as opposed to going elsewhere.
- Find good people/ leadership in whatever organization you’re a part of and stick with them.

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Don’t wait on leadership to come around to new tech trends build your skills when you think it’s good to have and either the firm picks you up or you take the skills elsewhere.

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Don’t do 80% of the work and pass it back to your boss. The 20% is the hard part that takes skill and thinking. Any monkey can do the 80% but challenge yourself to grow. You will do better if you can dedicate yourself to the challenge versus forcing your boss to do it late at night in a rush.

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Say 50% less than you did say, never tell any jokes ever (let others and either laugh or back away depending on the effect), and never ever swear. If I had done 10% of that I’d have been CEO. Alas.

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D1 with sense. D4 just classic Deloitte. Humor is a sign of intelligence and confidence, only a fool wouldn’t want to exhibit those

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If you feel like you’re being held back, or your leadership/leads generally don’t care about you, LEAVE THAT PROJECT. There are bad apples, but most are good. You have more autonomy than people give you credit for.

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Knowing a good story and telling a good story are completely different skill sets

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Make a list of priorities now, and a list of priorities that you think will be important to you 5 years into the future. Ruthlessly prioritize both.

This has helped me a lot from being stuck in a rat race and focus on family, my well-being, etc. at least 5 years ahead of my peers.

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Don’t wait around for your company to pay you what you’re worth. Tech > consulting

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Believe in yourself, fail often and fail fast. Salary increase, promotion they take care of themselves when you work on yourself.

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Jump around every few years to get paid actual market value. If you stay put in consulting you will be vastly underpaid.

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The people I trusted the most are the ones that betrayed me, so don’t always show all your cards to those your equal. The people you work with are your coworkers not your friends remember that. Know the difference between making a phone call contact versus putting it in an email. If you gonna send that email sleep on it and read it again. Trust in yourself. 

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Always be growing yourself. Could be new skills. Could be adding depth to existing skills. This holds true throughout your career.

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The difference between companies that are staff aug vs consulting. 😒

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When you are doing the work of a full time employee. Basically, instead of providing the instructions on how to bake a cake, you throw on an apron and start baking all the cakes yourself. Then you start taking orders and the client asks you to bake a cake that is out of SOW.
They dont even give you the ingredients but want you to somehow make it work. That my friend is staff aug.

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Any exit opportunities with no certification? Decent pay? Don't mind a pay cut for the right job with benefits

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