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Would you judge if you found out that the C who reports to you as an SC is two years older?

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You will see many. People who are becoming M or SC today don't know that those C's probably have more experience than you do. Note that when they graduated few years ago, it was tail end of recession and people chose to go to industry as having a job was important. They lost their golden years when consulting was downsizing. You are too naive and I still feel that MBAs fresh outa school should com as C due to their immaturity. Call yourself lucky and don't think you are smarter because you lead him or her.


To highlight M4’s point regarding the recession ...I was at Columbia grad school in 2009 (non-MBA). I applied for McKinsey and at the first interview (an exam), they gave us a list of all other applicants to practice cases with....there were 100 applicants on that list (from Columbia and NYU). Long story short, I made it through the process to the final round (there were 8 left at that point sent to various offices for the final round interview). I didn’t get an offer. We all kept in touch, and turns out one offer was made. So out of 100 applicants who was given an interview slot, one offer was made.

I didn’t make it into consulting until 2011. My career turned out fine, but it took a couple years detour on the front end.

Anyways, just remember this is a marathon and not a race.

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No. People have different paths in life. You have different skill sets and different reasons that you are there.

But, I’ve been there before. The first time it happens, it sometimes feels uncomfortable.


I actually wouldn't really follow your instructions because you are two years younger than I am. bye bye


That’s me 🤷‍♀️ I had a strange path to get to consulting


I had associates older than me working for me as a partner. You are the youngest person in the room until one day your not.

Don’t judge


Yes, I would judge you for making age a thing.


Nope. To be honest you shouldn't care as long as they get their stuff done and not screw up in the process.


Nope everyone has a path- why judge?


Your first mistake is thinking anyone reports to you.


Most of my peers are approximately 6 years younger than than i am.


2 years in the grand scheme of things shouldn't even be noticeable.


Try being 20+ years younger as a manager in the workforce with one of them thinking you took their spot. That one tried to sabotage all the work they could to get me canned, and they were politically protected enough they couldn't be gotten rid of even with proof.


I’m an analyst and the consultant I reported to on my last project is 4 years younger. I felt some type of way about it initially but quickly got over it because it is what it is. I am where I am today because I chose to start my career over again in the US. I got my undergrad 5 years ago and have a masters but no consulting experience. OP you shouldn’t judge anyone especially for something as trivial as this. We all have different paths and different stories. This question only tells me that your worldview is somewhat limited. The higher you get and more you interact with others outside of your immediate circle, you’ll see this is more common than you think and not a big deal at all in the workplace


Enjoy being the low ranking old guy. I’ve reached a point in my life that I am looking for the least amount of responsibility and decision making authority. I say let the youngsters lead. I’ll discretely let you know when your making a bad move and messing up my work life balance. If it gets that bad I don’t think twice about leaving the project or job.


No and it’s concerning you even felt the need to ask the question


To clarify, I am the C in the scenario above. I disclosed my age and felt like I shouldn’t have. Seems petty now, I was just over thinking


Thanks for the perspective M4.


I'm in my 40s and recently reported to a 29 year old SM on an accelerated path. After the first 5 mins it was perfectly fine, he was great at his job and pleasant to work with. I actually think he was more embarrassed about the gap than I was.

We haven't all spent our lives dedicated to consulting. I purposely took a relaxed work-at-home industry job for years while my kids were little. Now I feel free to take a more challenging career path. It's all good.


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