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How do you know you’ve been a consultant for too long? You’ve seen more films on a plane than in a cinema. You perform a SWOT analysis for any major life decisions. Your shopping list is a colour-coded Excel sheet. (Find 13 more signs below.)
After some years working in professional services, there might be telling signs that you have been a consultant for too long. Here are 15 signs that it’s maybe time for you to consider a job change!
You know you’ve been a consultant for too long when…
… someone asks you what you actually do in your job, and you fall deafly silent.
… someone asks for a meeting at 10.00 and you say am or pm?
… you refer to your child’s arts and crafts project as a deliverable.
… you use any of the following words in a social context: consensus, buy-in, robust and ‘let’s step back’, deep-dive, stress-test, stakeholder.
… you refer to getting sign-off for a night out.
… you problem solve for a plan for ‘date night’.
… you say to your partner ‘I’m coming home early tonight’ and the clock’s already hit 8pm.
… you use colour coded Excel for your shopping list.
… you discuss new Excel functions with your (geeky) friends.
… you explain to the hotel staff what their room policy is.
… you’ve seen more films on a plane than in a cinema.
… you show new employees of the client how to get the best coffee from the machine.
… you perform a SWOT analysis on any major life decisions.
… someone refers to ‘being on the beach’ or ‘on the bench’ and you ask them about their annual billable hours.
… you use PowerPoint to design absolutely everything.
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