Hoping a few of you will be able to advise on a concern of mine.
I have a few concerns about my ability to manage my physical health while pursuing a management consulting career. Last year, I began to suffer from vestibular migraines. In short, when I miss out on sleep (I require 8 1/2 hours a night with a fairly regular pattern) I can go for days on end feeling dizzy, disoriented and cognitively impaired. This is often accompanied by pain. It's manageable, but if I don't continue to look after my health carefully, I risk making my condition significantly worse (think chronic pain).
I'm certainly not work-shy, and I'm used to putting in many hours on a daily basis and on weekends. My condition didn't stop me from leaving Oxford this year with a first-class science degree. Whilst there, there were weeks where I would put in 10< hours every day of the week. On the other hand, at university I had relatively more control over my schedule, and would work on weekends to ensure I could maintain a decent sleep pattern.
I have pretty much ruled out MBB firms because of their longer hours. A shame, because before the onset of this condition I think I would have stood a chance. I was wondering if the likes of Accenture, PwC, Deloitte etc. would be likely to accommodate this, and how realistic strategy consulting is as a career. At the moment, I'm keen on working at Accenture specifically.
For example, could I travel to a client location on a Sunday evening, and have the cost of accommodation for the Sunday evening covered by the firm, as opposed to getting up extremely early on a Monday morning? When projects are nearing deadlines, could I contribute additional hours on the weekends as opposed to staying in the office late into the evening?
Happy to receive completely honest answers. Would rather be told that this would be virtually impossible than to go into the job with a rose-tinted view and potentially make myself seriously ill.