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Did you have to make any sacrifices along the way to become a consultant? Would you do it aga

Anonymous A asked on Sep 20, 2019 - 3 answers

Hi, y'all! Could you give me an insight into your thoughts?

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Hi,

Usually, you sacrifice the time. I know a lot of people who sacrificed personal relationships. I know a lot of people who sacrificed health. And I know some cases when it has led to some serious, almost tragic health issues.

The previous McKinsey Managing Partner Dominic Barton once wrote an e-mail to the whole company about his cancer. It's absolutely worth reading

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Hi,

Yes, having worked in 5 years in consulting, I can easily tell you that I sacrificed my time and health during my career. Given the tight deadlines and high-pressure work environment, one can easily work very long hours and do not get enough sleep (and this is typically a continuous cycle, not a one-off project). Around me, I also have seen quite a few people leaving the job because of the sacrifice the job requires. That is why consulting is not for everyone.

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Yes of course. The biggest sacrifice you make are personal - consulting takes up a lot of your time and leaves mininmal time for family, friends, significant others or your passions and interests. It is a conscious decision you are making to focus on your career and de-prioritze other activities.

Of course there are ways to get around it but it usually involves a lot of planning and effort. I have worked with folks who were running an ironman while working 15 hours a day. It is possible but takes a huge toll on you