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Advise needed! [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 17:45
The question deals more with post-MBA, but I think your experienced input in this matter would be greatly helpful

I am currently an senior Bio/Public health major. I am ex premed and after applying to jobs I have two offers. One is a software implementation position that pays very well and has better benefits. I have no real computer science background, but they were looking for science people who they can train in CS so they can understand the clients (who are research labs) better. The other is an analyst position with a pharma consulting company. They pay is $10K less initially, and career path there is similar to other consulting companies.

I have taken my GMAT got a 730 and have 3.69 GPA at a top 15 undergrad school. I want to get my MBA in 3-5 years after working. My concern is that after my MBA would my career options be more limited with the software implementation job rather than the consulting job. I would assume the consulting job has a more translatable skills, however I would prefer the software job because it interests me more and higher pay atleast for the next 3-5 years.

The problem is that I don't understand really how post-MBA hiring works. I know that there obviously some relevance of your pre-MBA field, but how important is that? Could someone you elaborate on this works. WOuld it be difficult for me to branch out if I took the software job vs the consulting job. My fear is that my major/background is leans toward pharma consulting, as opposed to the software job because I am not CS major, and thus future jobs outside this company may be difficult to come by. So my hope is that in addition to internal promotion with the software company, with MBA I could do something else/work different interesting. If I could not, I would do the consulting job

I appreciate all input and can provide more information as necessary.

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Re: Advise needed! [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 10:04
It's fine to plan ahead a little, but avoid living in the future.

Take it a step at a time.

3-5 years time is an ETERNITY for someone who is still in college. You will change more than you anticipate and in ways you won't expect. In 3-5 years' time, anything can happen - you may or will experience something that may change your career priorities forever -- something happens to you or you experience something that will inspire you to become a doctor (so you go back to med school). You get a girl pregnant, and you manage your career around your impending role as a father. Or it can simply be a change of heart after being a few years in the real world for the first time, and realizing what it is you really want isn't what you thought you wanted when you were in college.

Forget about what will look good post-MBA -- because that's really like 5 steps ahead.

Focus on what's immediately in front of you. Getting through school - it's your present tense, don't take it for granted and go into "cruise control" because if you do, you won't really get the most out of what you're doing right now.

And then beyond that, with the jobs, take the one that you feel in your gut you're a better fit for based on your personality, your interests, and the kinds of people you want to work with and learn from - that is entirely a subjective thing, but at the same time choosing the one that is the best fit for your individual needs is what will allow you to make the most out of your work experience - again, some will choose the software job, others will choose the consulting job - and either will likely end up being a valuable experience for them assuming they chose the one they felt was the best personal/individual fit for them.

Your career path and life isn't "plug and play" where you're following some predetermined script you set for yourself. The more plug and play it is, the less dynamic you will be.

Again, take stuff a step at a time.
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