Recently found out that IT Consultants can also be hired for a while and then be let go, for example, work for a company for 6 months, finish the work, have break of month or so, and then work for another company for 3 months? Did you ever do this? Because it sounds good - considering your main issue was having too many hours?(Original post by st*r)
There are a few reasons.
1. The long hours
If a client has paid for a days consultancy, they expect you to be with them for seven or eight hours. The average travel time for me to either home or my next hotel was two hours each way. This adds up to at least sixty hours per week.
It's not nice to come home at midnight, leaving again at 5am to be at a 9am appointment in Dublin, to then come home again at 10PM. The company is only interested in paid time, they generally don't give you any admin time, this happens in your own free time.
2. Staying away from home
I used to stay away a few nights a week, my home felt like a self storage depot.
My schedule for a long time was to get home late Friday night, do my washing.
Sleep most of the weekend, pack a whole weeks worth of clothes and travel Sunday night to a hotel. This avoided a very early start Monday morning.
All this time away is very bad for relationships and friendships.
3. The role becomes very boring
You're a glorified salesman, you are either recommending solutions based on your company's own products or that of their partners.
A lot of reports and recommendations are cut and paste from the same work you did last week.
Flying business class, staying in 4 / 5 star hotels is nice, but it's an expensive lifestyle. The company cars are wonderful, but it isn't your own and the boot is full of work related folders and equipment.
It's a very expensive lifestyle, you don't have time to shop around for the best deals, if you need something, you get it from the most convenient place and not the cheapest.
I don't want to be all doom and gloom,
I had some wonderful experiences and generally the customers were fantastic.
If you do it when you graduate, then you can have an amazing time.
Just be prepared to have the next career move ready before it becomes too much.
Sadly many of my colleagues had rather bad personal "habits" to keep them going the whole week.
Stick or dump?