This is my first post, but I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I'm considering a career change into consulting, but was wondering if my background would help or hinder me.
I graduated with a first class postgraduate degree in Biochemistry (from outside the UK) and have since worked in the life science/biotechnology field (going on 10 years now). I recently (May) completed a part-time certificate in Management at a UK university. My job at the moment is in product development, where I have to source new products and suppliers, evalute the commerical viability of potential new products (including market analysis etc) and I am involved in strategic discusssion on which product development direction the company wants to go in in the future.
I have no consultancy experience and no IT experience, but I do have a lot of transferable skills, like communication, problem solving, analysis, and I am a very quick learner. I'd like to move into management/strategy consulting. I have no problem starting at the bottom, including any sort of graduate training programme (do they take people who have been working for as long as me into graduate programmes?). In fact I rather like the idea of starting at the bottom, becuase I am hoping that it will give me a fairly broad experience, so that I can learn as much as possible and then start to specialise in a few years.
So the question is this: is this going to be a difficult change to make? I'm not concerened about whether I'll be able to cope, as I said, I am a fast learner and know that I'll be fine, I'm more concerned that my experience (or lack thereof) won't be of much value to consultancy firms.
And secondly, should I aim for a graduate training programme, or something higher? If its something higher, can anyone give some examples?
Thanks very much for reading this rather long post, I'd appreciate any feedback.