Did you know that there are incredible career opportunities for doctoral candidates beyond the classic options of academia and industry? As I finish up my fourth year in my PhD program, I am talking to more and more individuals that went in different directions after they defended.
There are many paths that you can head down with an advanced degree. This includes going into government (FDA, NSF, NIH, etc.), advising policy and working with your representatives (AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships), or even going into forensic specialist for law firms and insurance companies. In this post, however, I will focus primarily on consulting.
If you are considering a career in consulting after school, here are some summer opportunities that you should apply to within your last few years:
- Boston Consulting Group – Bridge to BCG (bcg.com/en-us/careers/students/adc-bridge-to-bcg.aspx)
- Bain & Company – ADvantage & Advance into Consulting (AIC) (bain.com/careers/meet-us/ad-summer-programs/)
- McKinsey & Company – Insight (mckinsey.com/careers/students/insight/overview)
- ClearView Healthcare Partners – Connect to ClearView (clearviewhcp.com/careers/career-opportunities/programs-for-graduates/)
- Putnam Associates – Path to Putnam (putassoc.com/news-article/putnam-now-accepting-applications-2019-path-putnam-program/)
- Clarion – PROPEL (https://www.clarionhealthcare.com/propel/)
- Trinity Partners – PhD Summer Program
There are likely dozens more that haven’t yet made it to my radar, but definitely explore these opportunities to learn more about the specific companies and the role of consultants in your specific field or industry. Although I only stumbled upon this amazing path a few months ago, I am already practicing for case interviews with several friends and contacting as many people as I can find who have also gone into consulting after getting a PhD.
If you want to learn more about this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!