Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: Consulting

This interview, and the others published over the past and next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From Philosophy and Political Theory to Management Consulting

Dr. Dom O’Mahony Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group

Current position: Dom is Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Starting point:

Between 2010 and 2013 I completed a PhD in Philosophy and Political Theory at Cambridge. I worked on the conceptualisation of judgement in Politics. Before starting my PhD I had been working for BCG as an Associate.

First turn – Consulting

I first applied to consulting more or less by accident – I had looked at a few other career options (mainly thanks to Summer internships while completing my BA) like investment banking, that I eventually decided weren’t for me. I had heard that consulting was a good way to create options for whatever it was that I would eventually decide to do with my life.

Second turn – PhD

I moved back to academia because I was seriously considering a career as an academic. My PhD was a unique opportunity to think hard about a particular problem. While doing my PhD I found ways to develop my business skills further. I was Entrepreneur in Residence at Groupon and eventually founded ‘Campus Partners’ a start-up that provided a number of services to companies looking for graduates.

Third turn – Consulting

The diversity of experiences, as well as the pace and the impact of the work, eventually drew me back to BCG.

Calling all KCL Arts & Humanities PhDs! This one’s for you….

Please sign up for our inaugural Arts & Humanities PhD Careers Event, 2-6pm, Wednesday 24th June.

The line up for the event is now confirmed and we are delighted to welcome so many KCL alumni back to talk to you about what you might do on completing your PhD.

Talks:

2pm Welcome and An Academic Life, Dr Emily Butterworth, Senior Lecturer, KCL French Dept

2.30pm  The Oakleigh Report: Life post-PhD, Dr Sue Carver, Head of Research Careers, AHRC

3pm Researchers in Schools: a new route into teaching, Dr Bryn James, Researchers in Schools teacher

3.30pm Break (drinks sponsored by The Graduate School)

4-5.30pm Speed Meet.  You will have the opportunity to talk to PhDs working in a variety of fields, including:

  • Laura Speers,  Researcher developer at QMUL
  • Nina Saeidi, Charity fundraiser in a call centre, luxury retail assistant for an architect, music journalist and photographer
  • Georgios Regkoukos, Tour guide and tour director for EF Cultural Tour, Welfare Manager at a summer school, and GTA
  • Megan Murray-Pepper, Teacher North London Collegiate School
  • Pyi Phyo Kyaw, Postdoc at King’s
  • Netti Farkas, Deloitte
  • Victoria Tuke, Policy Advisor – Defence Strategy & Priorities, Civil Service
  • Andreas Stradis, Campaigns & Operational Strategy, Civil Service
  • Molly Rosenburg, Royal Society of Literature
  • Dom O’Mahony, Boston Consulting Group
  • Bryn James, Teacher, Researchers in Schools
  • Rosie Andrious, Teaches New Testament Greek at King’s College London and Chaplain for Imperial College Healthcare Trust

We look forward to seeing you there! Sign up to attend via the Eventbrite page now.

Please email kate.murray@kcl.ac.uk with any queries.

All the slots for CV checking are now filled.