It is not often that one is asked to reflect and share experiences from one’s career. I, like many others, spend the majority of my time examining and looking toward others who are much farther in their careers than I. In fact, it might be a bit ridiculous for me to perform this exercise and “reflect.” But, I have trouble saying “No” and, there is the off chance that I have something useful to contribute. So let’s do it.
My life after obtaining a Ph.D. has been one that’s filled with change and opportunities. Since I graduated from the Neuroscience Program at the University of Michigan last summer, I have launched campus organizations, led my own entrepreneurial team in exciting projects, became a postdoctoral fellow, and had a number of interview experiences in vastly different career fields.
In the traditional perspective of postdoctoral training, fellows are expected to apply for faculty positions after several successful postdocs in institutes or universities. However, this classic career pathway meets a lot of challenges today in terms of the limited position openings and tight economic conditions. At the same time, non-traditional career paths for PhDs have opened a door for those who want to pursue a career in non-academic areas. Consulting companies hire PhDs to help clients solve all kinds of problems in business.
One of the most unsettling aspects of taking the plunge into industry careers is the fear of having to “give up” your science and everything you worked so hard for. I had those same fears when I finally decided to leave my position as a Principle Investigator in the NCI for my first job on the “dark side.” I was trained as a molecular immunologist and my program was engineering of cell surface proteins to stimulate immune responses to viruses and tumors-- a worthwhile and rewarding project. The scientific/technical skills that I used regularly included lots of molecular bi
Greetings Bio Careers groupies. This month has been crazy. If you aren’t in the business world, then September 30th probably doesn’t mean much except maybe Oktoberfest is just around the corner. This month has been busy, busy, busy at AxHill, trying to get “year end” contracts signed and everything ready for another exciting fiscal year.
I feel like this is my first day at some strange group counseling session. As everyone looks around nervously, I stand up and finally say, “My name is Paul, and I left academics to become a consultant.” Phew, that feels better. More and more academics are deciding that the “traditional” path isn’t for them. This blog will discuss the pros and cons of leaving academics to join the ranks of business or government consulting.
To start, let me tell you a little about my profile back in 2005 when I started my MBA. I had a BA in Psychology, a 640 GMAT, and 5 years of experience running a small high-performance auto parts business. Hardly the ideal profile for a Consulting job.
Hello – my name is Darren Lafreniere. I am a Management Consulting Recruiting expert and former Management Consultant (A.T. Kearney) focused on helping B.Com, MBA and Advanced Degree students successfully navigate through the complex and challenging consulting application and interview process.
So why consulting? What is consulting? If you’ve seen the movie “Keeping the Faith,” Jenna Elfman’s character is a consultant and has a great quote: “I’m like a plumber, but I fix leaky companies.” While clients who are not in trouble also hire consultants, in a basic sense, consultants help fix tough problems.