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Fresh PhD but 30-years-old struggling to find a job in consultancy

 
#1 Fresh PhD but 30-years-old struggling to find a job in consultancy
25/08/2006 13:50

Dennis to deleted (#0)

Hello to everybody, I'm new here!

I have obtained my PhD in Physics 3 months ago, and since then I have been looking for a position in consultancy (any area seeking quantitative brain power). It approached the job hunting as if it was a proper job, and applied for countless positions through the Web. Unfotunately I managed to get only one interview with Deloitte. There must be something wrong in the way I approach my job hunting in consultancy. I've been looking for entry level positions (and it's not so easy to find them in general) ans used different kind of CV "templates", all emphasizing my problem-solving, computing, data analysis and communication skills (seminars, conferences, tutoring, publications etc) but so far not so good! Might it be my age?...Am I to old to hope in an entry level position in any firm?

Can anybody help me understand where might be wrong, what I should focus on etc etc...maybe it's wrong to apply for big and well-known multinational firms...any help would be highly appreciated...I am desperately seeking a career change, I can't stand academia anymore, but somewhere I am making mistakes...I desperately need a piece of advice...

Thank you very much for your time and appreciation...

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#2 RE: Fresh PhD but 30-years-old struggling to find a job in consultancy
27/08/2006 14:01

Joined consulting at 34 to Dennis (#1)

Do not be discouraged by the lack of response and also do not let yourself be psychologically handicapped by focusing too much on your age. I would also not focus too much on data driven, problem solving abilities to promote yourself instead on the ability to bring structure to complex business issues and develop viable business solutions. Remember consulting means working within teams and selling your ideas to people day in and day out therefore focus on your success with people and other life experiences.

It’s never too late. Royal Holloway is not bad to have on the CV. Like some one else said apply for senior roles. Most recruiters like to see people with self confidence in their own abilities. I would be worried if a PhD is willing to get in at entry level. Some time it can be interpreted as lack of confidence, meaning there might be something wrong. Also, with your academic qualifications most recruiters would be apprehensive of your “fit” with entry level roles. Their main concern being people who might be managing you would be younger and less qualified and that could be quite intimidating, hence the fit issue. All the best with job search.

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