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What's your biggest career regret?

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Graduating college, I had two offers:
1. Super prestigious hedge fund on wall street but super back office role
2. Major airline in Texas in their revenue management team. Offer was 40% less than #1

I knew #1 was going to pigeonhole me and not teach me much about business, but I couldn’t pass up the prestige name, the money, New York.

So I joined the hedge fund. It was everything I feared. cherry on top was that I joined in 2008 right when the financial world started to collapse. Ended up laid off two years later.

Has to restart my career as a consulting analyst, basically wasted the first two years of my career.

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I was bartending at 26 and living with my parents.

Things still turned out great and behind the bar I learned more about human nature than I’ve learned anywhere else. And met my wife.

Don’t get caught up in “losing out”. You have at very least great stories to tell, and at best it made you wise beyond your years.

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Work for Big 4 for 8 years!! Big 4 have a policy that you can’t own the stock of the company that they audit, so I don’t invest much on stock market. I invested more in real estate because of this; however, stock market performance is consistently better than real estate. For example: I bought 10,000 share of BofA in 2008 for $3; PWC told me that I can’t own BofA and I had to sell it. I sold at $8 but now is $44, and I’m a long term investor. Finally quit Big 4, and I make $80k/yr in the stock market for the last 3 years. Should quit earlier!!

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Not becoming a billionaire by 25. Should’ve just done it 😔

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Bro, catch up

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Believing in the notion of a “career” when it’s really just lifelong labor…

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Eh. Depends on what you choose that to be.

I know people who have devoted their life to a specific thing (eg I know someone who is a physicist at Stanford). There is definitely a "career" concept there because it's all building to something.

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Joining Accenture

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SM1: One of my buddies was in your situation. Joined SM as an experienced hire, his MD was new to Accenture and came from WITCH. Poor guy had a hard time connecting with folks and his boss didn’t help much either .

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1. Stayed at a small company too long with hopes of growth and opportunity.

2. Thinking that your skills and just doing an excellent job would get you places. It doesn’t.

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Networking, who you know and who you rub elbows with. Be strategic.

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Buying what the recruiters were selling me

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Doing consulting

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This

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Not negotiating pay for my first job🥺

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Idk they never gave me a clear answer when I asked, so I eventually left.

Not moving to San Francisco after graduating in 2001. I had a place to stay and an uncle that was plugged in to emerging tech. Instead I ended up in a marriage that ended in divorce. Lol

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There made it EY6 and then there is MADE IT. Maybe I would have been an early PayPal employee and just work as a VC now…which is a dream job.

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Getting into child education. That was the biggest L. I spent five years of my life developing ptsd from screaming kids and parents that don't care about their kids. I had some moments, but I wish I really would have known that I wasn't suppose to do that line of work earlier.

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What ages Copywriter?

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Staying at KPMG for too long

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Should have been more clear. I was not a boomerang. Before joining KPMG I was making 110k and I was very underpaid.

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Selling 100 Amazon stocks I got as a bday present in 1998 because I liked to read books

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Better than selling it in 2002

Not reporting people to ethics and compliance lol for being assholes

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Staying at this small system integrator startup far too long (6 years) and not taking that Netflix interview right before that. My income only increased by 30k with no equity to show for it over that time period. I've more than tripled my TC since I left.

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You don't necessarily need to be CS, but any technical/engineering degree would help, even if it's just information systems or whatever. Getting hands on implementation experience after school would be a priority, that's where alot of these consulting companies you see here excel in. I see very few out of school associate SA kind of roles across all the big CSPs because there's alot of customer facing responsibility there and you need more experience for that.

Too rapidly progressing my career with my health and personal life suffering as a result

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Taking a "safe" job straight out of college instead of interviewing with a dream employer.

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Joining Deloitte, but leaving will make it worthwhile.

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Didn’t take a better offer in my early 20s because I believed in loyalty, then I got laid off 12 months later. I was making $65k at BV and 3 months later, PepsiCo offered $130k since they’re desperate to hire someone with SAP BPS skill set. I declined it because I just started my job with BV back then. Lessons learned: there is no loyalty in corporate America.

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We should frame this story for the great resignation

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Not leaving McK sooner

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Going to non target school

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