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PhD for Consultancy?

 
#1 PhD for Consultancy?
10/06/2005 17:41

bunkscience

Hi.

I am interested in making money. I have recently completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and am considering applying for work in consultancy with a company such as Accenture. The question is, does my Ph.D. make me more attractive or is it a red danger sign to my prospective recruiters? Is there a firm that would better appreciate a Ph.D.?

Cheers,

bnce

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#2 Re: PhD for Consultancy?
12/06/2005 22:11

I think any company, consultancy or otherwise would be worried about hiring someone who (a) is 'just' in it for the money. Do it because you want to do the job/work for the company/consultancy, and (b) didn't show a bit more insight into what s/he wanted to do career wise. It's a competitive field, know what your looking for before you go looking.

Criticism aside, a PhD is only an indication of your possible intelligence and commitment/ability to stick to researching a topic for 3-4 years. Both will help, but no guarantees. I am also a PhD graduate, worked in industry for a bit and now looking at consulting, but it's still hard to get a job, it's taken me almost a year to develop my network and understanding of the consultancy world to be in a position to apply now with the belief I've got a lot to offer (in addition to a PhD).

If your looking to stay within the 'life sciences' industry/world in general, find and focus those consultancies that work in this area. Figuring out who they are is good practice in developing a network (I won't tell you, others who respond to your message may) and will probably help to clarify your career direction.

Cruel to be kind bunk!

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