My contract ends in a couple of months and I'm not sure if they are renewing or not as the people I work with do not make these hiring decisions. My next decision is that if I can't stay with the same university's tech transfer office, what do I do? Ideally I would go somewhere where I can get business training so I can expand my skills but if nothing turns up, i may have to get a bench job or something in sales and work towards building up my skills until I can try for tech transfer again.
I have spoken to a few people in the tech transfer field and one of them recommended that I enroll in a part time two-year biotechnology/healthcare focused MBA program. But I am hesitant. I have no money for pay for this (even though MBA in Canada is considerably cheaper than US) but I am a good candidate for a few scholarships that would cover all of the costs. I have been to the intake interviews and i will have no problem getting into the chosen MBA program. Is this a wise move? If I apply now I won't start until september 2013 and by the time the program is finished, it will be 2015 so I should have 2-2.5 years of work experience by then. The rationale would be 1) to use the MBA career resources to secure a tech transfer position while still enrolled in the program and 2) tech transfer offices are probably more likely to invest in an MBA candidate and most permanent job postings now a days seem to require PhD and MBA. Is this a reasonable rationale? For me, the cost would be the time and effort, not the money, as I am only enrolling in MBA if I can get a full scholarship to cover it. But part time MBA while working full time somewhere else is a huge personal sacrifice. The other concern is that I don't have enough real world experience. It's just a question of 1) Is an MBA a good investment for what I want to do? 2) Is it wise to enroll in an MBA 9 months after finishing a PhD?
I want to hear from people who are on the business side of science (licensing execs, patent agents, technology managers, etc).