Definitely time for a new job

Note: I wrote this post last week, but didn't publish it. Since I wrote this post, my employer has tried to staff me on a project for Hugo Chavez's company. I said no; despite the counsel of friends who think I should think about the ramifications. I had already turned down a project for Hugo six months ago, which the staffing coordinator has very much held against me and therefore not given me good projects. It looks there will definitely be quite negative repercussions from my decision.

Those of you who know me know that I'm not too happy with my consulting job. They haven't treated me poorly, but the company doesn't have enough work to go around right now and I'm getting bored of doing nothing. If I were to have done it over again, I would've made it a point to work for one of the big 3 (Bain, BCG, McKinsey) consulting companies, rather than one of the mid-level companies like the one I work for. Granted, when I started here, the company had explosive growth, so I figured it was a good place to go. I'd have the chance to get promoted faster than at McKinsey.

So what am I going to do instead? I may stay in consulting, but I'm considering a career change. I like small companies -- particularly start-ups -- and really smart people. I like pressure, and I like intellectually stimulating work. The opportunity for quick promotion is greatly valued. I recently interviewed at a carbon trading start-up and made it to the final round. It sounded perfect; however, I really don't have the work background* they were looking for, so I wasn't that surprised when they chose someone else.

Or I may go jump to a campaign. There should be a few CD22 campaigns looking for folks. Or I may become a writer [professional blogger? -- ed. No....well unless someone pays me well! I'm thinking more magazine articles, books and novels]. Or I may go work in some kind of public affairs. Or I may just go trade natural gas futures. Who knows?

*It's amazing to me how risk-averse people are when it comes to hiring only those with the "right" work background and "right" major in college. I suppose that's a principal-agent problem -- employees doing the hiring won't be rewarded if they hire someone good, but it will hurt them if they hire someone bad -- but I'd have the opposite view if I were hiring. Look for raw brainpower and work ethic, and let them learn on the job.

Posted by Evan @ 06/14/07 12:12 AM


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well, if turning down the assignment doesn't get you fired certainly this posting will. Come work in politics. The stress is high, the work is intense, the media hates you (if you work for an R), and the pay sucks.

Posted by Eric @ 06/14/07 08:58 AM

"Look for raw brainpower and work ethic, and let them learn on the job."

Kind of from the Good to Great playbook. Maybe more should follow it. Good luck trying to sell brainpower and work ethic, however.

Posted by IJ @ 07/17/07 04:57 AM

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