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Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?

 
#1 Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
18/05/2011 21:23

Hopeful

Hi,

I’m wondering if anyone might able to give me some advice. I’m currently working on my doctorate after leaving consulting and am trying to find some ways to earn some extra money.

In case useful, a bit of background: 1st class undergraduate degree, distinction in masters (top 10 UK universities). After graduating did 4 years in a well known graduate scheme (e.g., P&G, Mars) then 2 years at MBB.

I couldn’t hack the consulting work-life balance and never saw my family so took up a scholarship at Oxbridge for a PhD/DPhil. Really enjoying it for the most part and looking to move into an academic career – not great money in comparison but great lifestyle.

I’ve got time on my hands and wondered if I might be able to find any part time work or short term projects with consulting firms. May not be possible or even likely but wondered if anyone had any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks

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#2 RE: Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
19/05/2011 05:01

anon to Hopeful (#1)

Probably the closest fit for your profile/experience level is if you sign up with Freshminds, Mindbench, or similar who will find various short-term projects for you. This is also the easiest way to access the contract market since the heavy lifting of sales, marketing, and tax admin is taken off your plate.

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#3 RE: Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
19/05/2011 06:30

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) to anon (#2)

I'd second Anon's advice, spot on. I'd also add that with a couple of years' MBB experience on your CV you shouldn't have any difficulty securing such a short-term role. Just a question of finding one looking for the experience profile and availability parameters that you can offer.

Good luck!

Tony Restell

Top-Consultant.com

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#4 RE: Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
16/06/2011 11:12

Dr Folarin to Hopeful (#1)

Dear Hopeful,

Forgive me, but I would advise some caution. The first presentation we had at King's College, at the beginning of the PhD year, was on ways to fail to secure a PhD. Number 1, was underestimating how difficult it is. Having completed my PhD in 2004, I can appreciate that funds are tight, but I would advise you to consider undergraduate tutorials or specialist report writing as a means to supplement your income as opposed to working as an independent consultant,

Yours truly

F

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#5 RE: Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
16/06/2011 15:59

hopeful. to Dr Folarin (#4)

Thank you for all your comments; I appreciate you taking the time to share your advice.

Dr. Folarin, I wouldn’t want to underestimate the workload of my PhD and I have heeded your comments. I have done some work for the university which was a great learning experience but seemed to suck up a lot of time, when you include thorough preparation and marking, for relatively small reward. I wonder how this would compare to more lucrative but short term consulting projects or even part time work with set hours? Open to all advice

Thanks again

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#6 RE: Doctoral student taking on some consulting work?
20/06/2011 12:04

Dr Folarin to hopeful. (#5)

Dear Hopeful,

It might be worth using Intota as a source of contacts or Qinetiq's Trusted Experts Portal, I am member of both. There is also Lamberhurst, who market quite aggressively, but I don't have any experience of dealing with them,

Good luck and I sincerely hope that you find something that meets both your financial needs and academic commitments,

F

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