IT consultant pilot fish is working on a project that's winding down -- but the client likes his work, and in short order he's assigned to a new one.

"Very rapidly I became the lead technical resource on the project team, both in terms of skill set and knowledge of the system, as others changed roles or employers," says fish.

"It reached the point that the client wanted me to be on call to provide level-2 support for the system, as production ran most nights of the month."

Not surprisingly, fish doesn't want to be constantly on call. Neither does his marketer at the consulting company, who's concerned about the risk of burnout. But no one wants to tell the client no.

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