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Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?

 
#1 Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
11/09/2008 05:56

James

Hi,

I'm torn between two options - continue a career in consultancy after 3 years, and get to 60k in a year or less

Or go work for GORS and earn £30-38k but do, what sounds likes, interesting policy work.

Within my current role, I don't really get the type of work that GORS offer. Is there a better paying version of GORS anywhere? But which doesn't require a degree in economics. (I have an MSc in Decision Sciences).

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#2 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
11/09/2008 16:15

Oh the irony to James (#1)

I hope the "I have an MSc in Decision Sciences" was a joke... ;-)

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#3 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
11/09/2008 20:13

anon to James (#1)

"Is there a better paying version of GORS anywhere?"

Not that I'm aware of. The two main concentrations of Operational Researchers seem to be in the public sector (typically GORS) and management consultancy (IBM, PA, etc.).

There are other policy/strategic OR career paths that offer equally interesting (in my opinion) work to GORS e.g. the MoD and its various agencies. However, pay is pretty similar.

True OR careers in industry are pretty rare and aren't always any better paid than GORS et al. The big engineering firms employ some OR specialists for their transport and networks teams, but you'd be on engineer salary scales (i.e. not fantastic and relatively slow growth).

If you're willing to stretch to "OR-related" work, then the best organisations to look at would be those that value scientific management/metrics-oriented approaches (e.g. Capital One, RBS). The best-paying career route to look at would be quantitative marketing (which may be in one of the aforementioned organisations or may be in a specialist advertising/marketing agency).

As you go down this list, you're getting further away from the "interesting policy work" of course. "Quantitative marketing" can pay well but finding ways to increase the hit-rate for junk mail by 0.0001% isn't necessarily the most fulfilling thing in life. Even if you end up doing the same kind of work with GORS, at least it'll be in the knowledge that the mailings are something vaguely useful like voter registration cards.

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#4 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
11/09/2008 20:17

anon2 to James (#1)

Btw James, on a side issue, I've been considering taking an OR/DS postgraduate degree myself. Do you mind saying where you did your MSc in Decision Sciences and how you found it (useful/not useful etc.)? What did you do at undergraduate level? Thanks.

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#5 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
11/09/2008 20:21

James to anon2 (#4)

I'm afraid I can't as it would give away who I am. However I did it a a top establishment, and I found it very useful and interesting. That being said decide first what you want to do afterwards -in hindsight perhaps I should have done something like finance and economics, or economics and policy.

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#6 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
14/09/2008 11:04

OR guy to James (#5)

PA consulting and Capgemini both have OR practices and may do government work.

EY I hear are also launching something similar.

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#7 RE: Government Policy / GORS - or Consulting?
14/09/2008 11:04

OR guy to James (#5)

PA consulting and Capgemini both have OR practices and may do government work.

EY I hear are also launching something similar.

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