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Today's post is a guest post from Badreddin Edris, a member of the MCN Advisory Board. After completing his PhD at Stanford and working at Bain for the last couple of years, he's familiar with the sustainability of a demanding lifestyle. He writes today about his tips on avoiding burnout in management consulting.
- Prioritization - becoming really good at knowing what is high-value work for your firm and client, and orienting your time to only working on those high-leverage efforts, will avoid needless hours spent doing busywork that doesn't contribute much to the answer you're driving towards. This is something that you learn with experience (pattern-matching) and that you have to force yourself to do on a daily basis (ruthlessly prioritization outstanding tasks).
This post is Part 5 in a five-part series on the skills you will need to succeed in consulting, and focuses on developing a frame of mind that will help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle as a consultant.
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Part 1: Hard skills and staying organized
As interviews are heating up and the offers start rolling in, you should be taking the time to consider what's really important to you. For some it will be culture, for others it will be prestige, flexibility, or project work.
I know that when I was going through the recruiting process, I cared about all of those things. Flexibility was probably the lowest on my list - I wanted to come in, work hard, do a good job, and then figure out what comes next.I'll be at the two and a half year mark soon - putting me just around the median tenure for a consultant. And what you don't realize as a student - or what you talk yourself into downplaying - is that consulting is hard work, man!
A thank you to Nevin Kamath from The Case Coach for his post about this data. Take a look at the following chart to see the results of a Bain case study and click through to get some further insight into the ups and downs of the consulting lifestyle.