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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:03 pm
by Kyle
I am in my last semester as a Ph.D. candidate and am in the process of looking for a job. I have recently become very interested in leaving academia for a consulting position and was curious if anyone has any advice on how to make this transition? Although I still enjoy science I am not necessarily set on being a bio-consultant. I've heard that non-science consulting firms sometimes hire Ph.D.'s. and I would be interested in this as well. If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate hearing it.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:46 pm
by Don
Several of the top strategy firms do hire PhD's. McKinsey, Bain and BCG all hire them. Your first step is to go to their web sites and learn everything you can about the companies and what it is like to be a consultant - you may find that it is not for you.
You might also try a book called "The McKinsey Way" - a very good read and pretty accurate about life as a consultant for one of the top strategy firms.

Next you should contact the recruiters at these firms and ask them about recruiting for PhDs. You should probably do this very soon because the hiring seasons for associates at these firms is nearing its end (if not already over).

Good luck - it is a good choice for some.

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