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Sold myself short..?

 
#1 Sold myself short..?
19/01/2008 15:04

AJ

Hi,

I posted on here I while ago to help with advice and found it really helpful.

I recently finished my PhD and decided not to follow academia and go for consulting instead. My PhD was quite technical, but completely academic and so there was no was to start consulting but at grad level.

After a few offers and rejections I started at a Big-4 consulting arm in September and have enjoyed it thus far.

Problem: I keep getting people at the firm and otherwise saying 'You've got a PhD, what are you doing here'. It's really depressing to explain to them that the PhD doesn't qualify me for anything but academia.

Now I am starting to question it myself. What are my options? I'm happy where I am, but now I'm starting to wonder if I could do more.....

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#2 RE: Sold myself short..?
19/01/2008 16:30

AJ to AJ (#1)

(apologies for typos)

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#3 RE: Sold myself short..?
19/01/2008 18:41

me too to AJ (#2)

I'm in a similar situation. However, I don't have a PhD, but a "good" masters.

I'm not a tier 1 or 2 candidate. It can be quite depressing.

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#4 RE: Sold myself short..?
20/01/2008 07:33

you' better think... to me too (#3)

Firstly, unless your PHD takes straight into a relevant job (research/academia etc) it is only going to make you a person with a very well tested brain but little professional experience. ie, it is not going to a lot for you in the short term. In the longer term, however, when you get more senior, you will suddenly find that you are wanted on the key projects because you can be positioned as someone with X, Y and Z experience + a PHD. PHD + nothing = not a lot. PHD + 3-5 years of consulting experience = a hell of a lot.

As far as the comments go, has it occured to you that your colleagues might be threatened by you? They do not want Mr or Mrs PHD floating around, making them look bad.

If you in a large and respected player as you seem to be, you can be assured that the company can cope with you. You may have some frustrations early on but stick with it, I say. If you do not, you may end up having one of those CV's, which cries out "bright academic who could not cut it in the real world". Seriously though, if you are with a good company and do well, you will be fine and will progress. Those who mock you are just threatened.

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