"I used to joke about leaving my job every day and yet there I was 3 years later, saying the same thing AGAIN!”
I hear you, friend!
I see you hearting the memes on Instagram… complaining on Fishbowl or Reddit.
Yet something is going on… you’re confused about your exit plan.
Perhaps because you don’t know enough about the options out there.
Or because of fear or the unknown.
The known devil is better, right?
But something deep inside you recognises the truth.
You need to leave.
You need a plan.
I asked my friends – McKinsey consultants, “What do you want from your exit?”
Most of them replied “FAANG or a tech exit”.
When I probed further and asked why 10% spoke about visa issues. The rest basically paraphrased something along the lines of, “Because it looks good on my CV and keeps my exit options open”.
Boy, it must be a hard life when you’re continuously thinking of exit options, even before you have joined the company… but more importantly, it must be really miserable to live up to the expectations of what you think society and your peers want of you.
It’s tiring, frustrating, and as one of my McKinsey friends said, it’s “psychological mindf***”.
AN ALIGNED CAREER SHOULD GIVE YOU
THE #1 MISTAKE THAT MID-CAREER PROFESSIONALS END UP MAKING IN THEIR CAREER:
When they are confused about their career, they keep overthinking… going around in circles. And if you’re doing this, you are overwhelmed and spending far too much time and energy on solving the same problem with the same information you have.
Or worse… Mistake #2…
When they get more confused, they start applying to every job application they can find on LinkedIn.
And that’s like trying to pour more coffee into a broken cup…!
YOU WILL END UP WASTING GALLONS OF COFFEE WITHOUT SOLVING THE PROBLEM!
Overthinking and analysis paralysis doesn’t work! If it did, would you have been reading this page here?
Having just that one bit more of information, talking to one more person about this… getting on to one more networking call… well, it hasn’t worked till now. Has it?
BUT I GET IT
This is the way we approach things in our careers… especially the smart, motivated, analytical people. After all, it gets us good results in our careers… so it should work when we think of career change as well, right?
Repeat after me: WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON’T GET YOU THERE!
If it did, you’d already be there!
SO LISTEN UP!!
Here’s some free advice for ya– apply some strategy to your career. And guess what that means? “Begin with the end in mind.”
“What is it that you are optimising for?” that’s always been my Economist way of looking at things. And think about it, as a consultant, isn’t that what you wish your client had a clear idea of?
Then why is it that you don’t think in those terms when it comes to your career?
I will tell you why.
Because of uncertainty and FOMO!
Yes, really… you’re afraid that once you leave consulting, you don’t have a defined career path anymore. You don’t have the firm giving you the carrot and the stick to perform better. You don’t have the certainty that as you get close to becoming partner, you will draw close to a $1m pay check. You feel like you’re giving ALL of that up for uncertainty. Doesn’t sound like a good deal, does it?
But then you also know that even your senior partners are betting on you leaving consulting. In fact, they know that only 1% of the people they hire will ever make Partner.
Then what is it that you’re afraid of?
Let me tell you – you’re afraid of not belonging to that top 1%.
After all, if you exit to an average place, for an average looking non tech, non FAANG job out of MBB, Big 4 or some boutique shop, aren’t you just proving to yourself and your co-workers that you’re the run-of-the-mill average? T
hat you’re not the top 1% of your cohort?
It takes courage to say, “And for that reason, I am out” Dragon’s Den style. Because let’s be honest here, we consultants are the reason the phrase “insecure overachievers” exists.
You know this is true!
All you need to do is check how many times this has been said on Reddit and Fishbowl and how often it’s been liked and upvoted. But here we are, still talking about the fancy consulting exits, because that’s what you’re here to learn!
Okay, so here are the industries that hire consultants- ALL OF THEM!
So why haven’t you exit yet?
You probably have all the information, but you don’t have a strategy.
I’ll tell you what, consultants are really good at designing strategies for others. But when it comes to them and their own careers?
Because it is HARD to look at your own shit objectively.
Too much to lose!
Too many emotions!
And that is exactly is why, I am doing the Consulting Career Change Masterclass… where everything you need to know about leaving consulting will be delivered to you, well packaged.
And I’ll even help you figure out your exit route and dig into what’s stopping you.
BUT WHAT'S THE GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL WORK FOR ME?
Sudeshna has been a massive support in my job search and her tips were so helpful that I have not only landed my dream job but was able to change my career. - Maria C.
It's taboo to ask for help. But you owe it to yourself to gain clarity! - Aishwariya S.
BEFORE THE SESSION:
I was feeling extremely insecure about myself
AFTER THE SESSION:
Thankful for the guidance
I NEEDED this
It was really helpful and I got to know a lot of things that I wasn't aware of AND LANDED MY DREAM ROLE AT AMAZON. - Raj
Now if you're still reading, you're probably wondering if this is worth the money...
So, you have a decision to make now - what's the cost of having clarity about your vision and the confidence to achieve it? And what are the costs of living a life full of regrets?
Less than £297?
I bet not!
So if you're still with me, do both you and me a favour today - BELIEVE in yourself. And INVEST in your vision. Because we both know, YOU ARE MEANT FOR SO MUCH MORE!
WHAT IF AFTER FINDING THE JOB I REALISE IT'S NOT MY DREAM JOB?
My friend, you're STUCK! The worst possible mistake you can make right now is to go back to the same job, complaining every day, and yet, not take a step forward. The only sure way to fail is to not try. Would you rather regret not trying or live with the happiness of knowing, "Hey, at least I tried!"
THERE ARE CHEAPER OPTIONS OUT THERE...
Look, I hear you. I really do. Investing money in myself was the hardest thing to do!
"What if I am not happy?"
"What if I am not successful?"
"What if It worked for them but won't for me?"
And if you're here, I've some hard truth for you - it's not my system. It's your mind that will likely keep you trapped in your current reality. Believe in yourself and see your reality shift.
When I started investing in myself, I bought really cheap courses. I hired the coaches who charged less money.
Guess what happened?
It set me back by years! Set my bank account back by multiple 5 figures.
Look, I'm not the person who'll tell you that I'm the best in the industry, but I know a thing or two about career pivots. And I know about more career paths than you have ever imagined possible. I've done my career coaching courses, learned NLP, Belief Repatterning, and I can keep throwing jargon at you that will make you think that I'm a walking encyclopedia of career change. But that's not helpful. What's helpful is results.
So if you want, go get the cheapest coach you can get. But please don't set yourself back by years as I did. Or worse even, pay money to remain stuck!
Worked on my CV after 9 years of not applying to new jobs. Got tons of interviews and 6 OFFERS. Thanks Sudeshna. - Ajay C.
Did not realise that with my degree in Literature, I could land a job at Apple! - T.
A coach helps you to think through and I definitely felt far more confident after our sessions. - Moriam
I didn't even know that a field like Market Research exists! Sudeshna not only helped me identify my passion but also helped with her network. - Sreeja