I am currently working at a big four's "deal strategy team" (i.e. a blend between finance and M&A strategy). Same as many other consulting firms, my firm adopts a pooling system, and engagement managers pick whoever they like to be staffed in the project.
The problem is, there are more finance focused projects in my firm, an area which is not my specialization (I am more of a "strategy guy"). I feel that sometimes I am doing meaningless supporting tasks, as many of the "finance projects" are already been taken by more experienced colleauges. At the same time, there aren't enough strategy projects to keep the strategy people busy.
I have a few questions:
(1) How to get involved in the finance projects which I am not familiar with? I have tried to proactively reach out to seniors to express my willingness to try out the finance projects, but it didn't help much.
(2) Would the situation at MBB be similar? (i.e. engagement manager or senior people have the power to decide which junior to be staffed?)
(3) How to break the "stereotype" if your position is fixed? I guess many people in consulting firms would have the same concern. Once you are labeled as a expert in XYZ, these kind of projects will come to you, while other kinds of projects will be out of your reach.
Thanks in advance!