Are you ready for the next challenge? PhDs and post-docs wanted…..

Here at Science Innovation Union (www.science-union.org), we’re committed to inspire entrepreneurship among young scientists from any background, and to boost innovation by bridging the gap between industry, government and academia with the aim of translating innovative science into disruptive business. We are a young and exciting organization, and we have big plans for this year.

In our first year, we managed to run 19 separate stimulating events, with more than 2500 registered attendees, 16 000+ interactions and various consulting projects in. Furthermore, we attracted more than 120 full-time scientists to our training and educational program, OB360.

SIU is expanding as never before, and has major plans for 2016-2017. We will introduce new ventures and we are forming regional Divisions in Cambridge and London. We work towards building a world-leading brand and we’re inviting you to build it with us.

Find out more about these voluntary positions on their website: www.science-union.org

PhD to Consulting Conference 2016: call for Conference Organiser Positions

PtC event

The PhD to Consulting Conference (PtC) has an exciting opportunity for motivated PhDs to join the organizing committee for the PtC Conference 2016 in London. The committee will be building on the fantastic success of last year’s PtC conference attended by over 150 delegates from top universities across the UK and speakers from leading management consulting firms, such as McKinsey, BCG and Bain.

PtC Conference 2016: The PtC Conference is an annual event that provides a platform for PhDs to learn more about careers in management consulting and connect with consultants from the industry. Being part of the organizing committee will provide you with a unique opportunity to establish relationships with senior consultants and recruiters from leading global consulting firms, and gain relevant skills, including initiative, teamwork and organization.

When: The conference will be held in September in London. You do not need to be resident in London to join the organizing committee, however, all committee members will be required to be present at the event.

What we are looking for: PhD students (2nd year and up) or Postdoctoral Fellows with a strong interest in a career in management consulting are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for self-motivated PhDs with outstanding organizational skills and teamwork abilities. Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of initiative through active extracurricular involvement. We are particularly keen to hear from PhDs with experience in event organization/management, or work experience in a consulting-relevant setting. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential; it is vital that you are able to interact with consultants and recruitment teams in an effective and professional manner.

How to apply: Please apply by sending a one-page, business CV and providing short answers for the relevant questions at this following link. The deadline for application is Sunday, June 5, 2016 (11.59pm, UK BST). For further details of last year’s conference please visit: www.phdtoconsultingconference.co.uk

Case Studies: Consulting Careers

Three King’s alumni tell their stories about their different experiences in consulting.

Dr Fahd Choudhury, Deloitte

Fahd defines management consultants as ‘people who help a business implement a change’.  He moved from a PhD studying Alzheimer’s disease as he found that it wasn’t really bringing enough meaning: there wasn’t really a point where there was a yes/no answer.  After spending some time at Merck & Co, he moved to Deloitte where he spent six months in the life science consulting division before moving into banking.  Here he was worked in some of the most profile banking mergers of recent years and is able to say ‘I helped build TSB’!  He built the credit risk function, which took 2.5 years to do and cost over £1bn.  He also gets involved in look at the conduct of sales staff and how TSB brings on new customers.  He advises the company on how to defend itself or collaborate with technology affecting credit card providers.

Through the opportunities Deloitte gives to employees to do some pro-bono work, he has been able to get to know the CEO and Head of Research at the Alzheimer’s Society, thus giving and outlet to his science interest.

Dr Shirley Wong, Sociable Pharma

Shirley’s PhD is from the Dental Institute.  She took 18 months to move into the role that she wanted and she did some work for the Oxbridge Round Table to help her get some relevant experience.  She started off working for a small competitive intelligence company and then moved to be an analyst working for Sociable Pharma.  Here her work is not to change business structure, but to help them to be more competitive.

Work might include looking at the ‘landscape’ of particular therapy areas: what drugs are there, what are the regulatory checkpoints that competitors have reached, comparing the situation in the UK, EU and US.  She has been to two conferences since starting in June where she gets to talk to clients and key opinion formers.

She feels she’s learning all the time, particularly the jargon of the business and how better to do stakeholder engagement.

Dr Catie Rousset, Prescient Healthcare

Catie’s post-doc was in the medical imaging department at St Thomas’s.  She moved into Prescient about 18 months ago (you can read more about Catie’s journey here).  Prescient works in partnership with 16 of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical firms in three areas: new product planning, brand planning and mature brand planning.  They do this through stake holder research, workshop moderation and arranging conferences.

She feels it took about six months to understand what the job is and how to get the right information from people.  It’s different from academia in that there is a different kind of pressure: each client brings its own pressure.  You develop a broader knowledge rather than having a deep expertise.  You HAVE to work with people, rather than on your own!  You learn new skills, particularly in presentation and learning about new areas.  So far, it has not got boring, there are no labs to work in, and there is some travel!

Smaller companies may appreciate a speculative approach to them.  Language skills help (her company works 24/7 across Asia, Europe and the US), and there are roughtly 50/50 women/men.  She works more or fewer hours depending on the time of year.  Ad-hoc projects from clients increase as the financial year proceeds and at conference season days can be very long.  Otherwise, you can decide how much of yourself you want to invest in the role.

 

 

 

 

Meet with employers who want to employ PhDs/post-docs

PhDs and research staff often say to me ‘What are my options outside academia?’  One way to find out more is to attend one or more Career Spotlights.

By attending a Career Spotlight, you can

  • hear from PhDs who have moved into careers outside academia, now working in firms that are household names and less-well known
  • find out what different jobs actually are, what people do day to day
  • be clear on the differences between academic study or work, and what it’s like ‘outside’
  • find out how your advanced level research and other skills are valued in the workplace
  • challenge yourself to question a non-academic employer.

All events are free, don’t need booking, are informal and don’t require you to commit to that career forever.

First Career Spotlight: Management Consultancy

Weds 27th January, 5.30-6.30pm

FWB room 1.70

Confirmed speakers so far: Dr Fahd Choudhry and Dr Ignacio Quinones, both from Deloitte.

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Deloitte employers over 14000 people in the UK, in tax, audit and consulting and Fahd and Ignacio both work within the consulting division.

Other speakers may be confirmed closer to the time – keep an eye on the blog.

See you there!

 

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.