MBA after a PhD in organic chemistry?

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Re: MBA after a PhD in organic chemistry?

Postby PG » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:54 pm

Doing a MBA on the Companys expense can indeed be a very good career move. my advice woudl be to discuss what the plan for you is once yuor training have been completed. Sure that plan can and will probably change but only the fact that there is a plan is a good thing.

I know of one recent US case in which a person was offered a MBA training, had time off to complete the training and once the training was completed there was no position available in the Company for a person with that expertise. From the information that I have it seems likely that this was the plan from the start ie the MBA offer was in reallity a buy out. This of course assumes that you hold a contract or position that somehow prevents the Company from just saying goodbye.
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Re: MBA after a PhD in organic chemistry?

Postby Walker » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:06 pm

Based on your education/work history and stated goals, I would think that management consulting (McKinsey, BCG or Bain) could be an option for you. I was also interested in pivoting away from research and joined one of the MBBs. The work has been super interesting and I get contacted rather often by recruiters looking to fill management level positions in Pharma/Biotech.
For me, it has been easily as value adding as an MBA in terms of training and networking.
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Re: MBA after a PhD in organic chemistry?

Postby D.X. » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:46 am

Walker wrote:
For me, it has been easily as value adding as an MBA in terms of training and networking.

Hi Walker, in my opinion your experience is even MORE valuable than what one could possibly ever hope to acheive with a MBA (my partner use to be in management consultant). As i'm familiar with the grooming and performance expecations of the likes of those firms you mentioned, among others in the catagory, one comes out 2 or 3 years later much more developed, competent, and experienced than a newbie MBA with no experience. Not to mention a much more richer, valueable and sustainable network (professional friendhships). My wife after nearly 10 years of leaving management consultant in life science strategy to go in-house pharma is still in contact with her various firms' "alumni".


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