Consulting Exit Opps for Introverts

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I'm having a bit of a career crisis and I could use some advice. It's become apparent to me over the last couple years that I'm very much an introvert. I'm not overly awkward or anything, engaging with people just drains energy out of me and it's not something I enjoy. I can handle it in small doses, but I would much rather sit behind my computer and work on a model or a deck than interact with leadership or with a client. That has worked well for me during the first ~5 years of my career, but as I progress in the firm that is becoming less and less practical.

I think it's about time for me to leave my company and settle into something more sustainable long-term. Problem is, I'm not sure where to go or what to do. I'd like to still do something that pays well (reasonable pay decrease is fine) and recognizes the skills I've developed over the last few years through consulting and MBA, but I'm struggling to think of anything that would suit an introvert like myself.

I'm prepared to accept that I just need to buck up and adapt. But I would be remiss if I didn't at least explore my options first. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Background: three years pre-MBA at MBB, top 5 MBA, two more years now at same firm.

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Comments (5)

Dec 26, 2018

OKsure, pure crickets, that's where I come in. Any of these useful?

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Jan 10, 2019

Pick a strategy consulting firm that doesn't have too much travel. You'll mainly interact with local office colleagues which may put you in a more comfortable environment than meeting different people in different places all the time. If you're number savvy, the analytics departments at MBBs or other consulting firms don't get too many visits and you get to do pretty cool work

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Jan 11, 2019

If you find investing interesting, working at a long-only investment management firm or the right hedge fund could be a fit. I'm in PE and find myself to be too introverted for a deal role (especially if I were to become more senior at my firm) so I share your sentiment.

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Jan 17, 2019

Thank you both. I tried the investment management route once but was limited without a strong finance background. Non-travel consulting option is interesting.

Jan 17, 2019