my question/s...Do most consultants keep apartments in the city? Do your fellow-consultants become your new best friends/social life? Do consultants socialize during the week at the hotel bar after work, etc? Do you get to the point where on the weekends you don't want to drink or go out to eat, because thats all you do during the week??
Can anyone comment on their lifestyle while doing consulting?? both specifically during the week and weekend. Multiple perspectives would be great.
Traveling Consultant: Lifestyle and Socializing
How you socialize on site can be broken down into a few different variables.
- Age of your peers
- Seniority of your peers
The age of your peers can be the difference between night out or just hanging out drinking at a hotel bar. Usually the younger the group the more fraternizing the experience. However, it also depends on your work load on site. In addition to going out there are dinners with the team that can become repetitive after so many meetings. Making plans at home also revolves around workload.if you've been away traveling it may be difficult to make quick plans with friends since they'll likely have prior engagements.
The Home Life of a Management Consultant
You're lifestyle will be variable depending on the amount of money you want to spend. As an example you could spring for a great apartment with luxury amenities and great location. That way everything you need is at hand when your at home. Contrary, you could choose to spend a minimal amount on housing because you're not home much anyway. Hours vary as well and are usually dependent on demand. According to the Wall Street Oasis Consulting Industry Report they can range from as low as 45 hours to as high as 87 hours a week.
from certified user @BigPicture
Work hard during week (M-Th). Generally 8am to 10pm or 11pm. Sometimes later (2am), very occasionally stop work earlier. Team dinners once per week or two when work less. Up earlier on monday for a flight, and leave client around 5pm on Thursday.
A bit lighter on Friday (8 hours, give or take)
Rarely work at all on weekends, other than some emails Sunday night.
from user @kennethlchen
If you're in a crappy city, with people all older than 45+ - yea, its not much fun.
If you're in a cool city, with people your age - its pretty fun.
I knew a guy that alternative traveled even more than me. He was from the LA office, but only went back to LA once every 3 months so he didn't even have a place and just had his stuff at different friend's house. You end up saving a lot of money when you don't pay rent.
That said, I also know plenty of people that go home every weekend to see friends / family.
It kinda depends on what you want to do.
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