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Judy
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Hello,

there is always this shiny light on consulting- but what are, in your experience, major downsides of consulting? I am currently trying to figure out if it is the right job for me. Thanks in advance!

-Judy

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Ryan
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Hi Judy, 

The word downside is subjective and it depends from person to person. Extensive traveling may be a con for me but can be a pro for you. However, there are some general downsides of consulting:

1. Work pressure: Consultants are always under pressure. They have to meet strict deadlines, metrics and what not. Also, top tier consulting firms have an up or out policy which forces you to completely dedicate yourself to your work which in turn takes a toll on your work life balance. Morever, consultants spend majority of their time working and traveling, they sacrifice time with their families.

2. Travel can be extensive: When you first get hired as a consultant, you might discover that you’re only at home 2-3 nights per week. Although it can be fun to stay in hotels for awhile, there will be the trips that take you to places where you’d prefer not to be.

3. Individuality is not alwayd encouraged: When you’re working as a consultant, the goal is for you to be a team player. All policies and procedures are going to be rigidly enforced.

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Chet Van D\'Naik
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Hey Judy,

Consulting is a profession where you really need to like it to thrive in it. You can't settle for consulting as a profession, because in the long run you will probably just burn out. Yes there are many downsides to consulting.

 

1. If you like a 9-5 job with a strong family life, consulting is not for you. I mean it. No matter what the companies tell you before you join, trust me; your bosses, colleagues and clients will call you whenever they feel like

 

2. If you don't like excessive travelling, consulting is not for you. In my personal record, I have travelled to three different states in my country in a single day; some of which were not be visited by an outsider. So yea it can get really bad

 

3. It will take a toll on your health: Continuous travelling, packed & stale/hotel food, without proper sleep will all eventually catchup to you. 

 

So yea to be in consulting, you really need to very disciplined in your life. 

 

Thanks !

Chet

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