While approaching my two-year mark at West Monroe, I’ve experienced different levels of comfortability with my assigned project roles. I feel especially fortunate to have been assigned opportunities considered “stretch roles” where I have worn hats I never expected to wear, be it a “technical” hat or a “project manager” hat. And as much as “wearing different hats” can be a cliché in consulting or any industry, I do find it fitting here. Thanks to the support of great leaders, the willingness of my peers to support me, (and maybe some hard work), I’ve learned to enjoy the new look. But when you put on a fresh hat, it’s easy to be distracted looking in the mirror or trying not to stick out. So as a guide, I’ve collected tips to help prepare for stretch roles for any industry (not just consulting) and I hope these reminders will help you not just wear the hat but rock it.
At West Monroe, we are encouraged to accept and embrace the challenges that these stretch roles bring and they can foster some of the best opportunities to grow as a consultant (and a person!). But no matter what industry you’re in, how prepared you feel, or how much you have mastered the above tips, don’t forget: wear your new hat stylishly and confidently!
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