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Business Development or Consulting-After Software Testing ? [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 21:44
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I have 2 years of experience as a Software Tester as of now. The role is very technical and I want to get an MBA to move into the business side. I am interested in strategy consulting , however I don't have any experience in business or client facing engagements . Some people advised me that I should look into business development and further product management as career options . Which of these two options would be best both from a career point of view as well as the B school admission process? Any suggestions would be greatly helpful. Thanks :)
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Either could be good.

The three most important considerations should be: 1. How much leadership opportunities you will have in the job. 2. Which is the better firm. 3. What your salary would be.
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Re: Business Development or Consulting-After Software Testing ? [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 01:22
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Either could be good.

The three most important considerations should be: 1. How much leadership opportunities you will have in the job. 2. Which is the better firm. 3. What your salary would be.


Thanks Jon :) From a bschool admissions point , which would be a more convincing story since I have a very technical background.
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Hey there,

The story for either can be made compelling. However, business development provides an opportunity to diversify experiences and, in doing so, speak to varied key themes.

In other words, if you continue along product management, you can speak to expanded responsibilities while business development may allow you to speak to skills and experiences you are lacking at the moment.

Of course, this should be weighted with what Jon pointed out - leadership and pedigree are important. Don't choose an entry level business development role above a lead product manager role. But, if all else is equal, then I would say go for diversity.

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Re: Business Development or Consulting-After Software Testing ? [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2013, 06:47
Hi karyoghul

I agree with Bhavik: either path is great for diversifying your leadership and business experience.

At the same time, if strategy consulting is your long-term career goal, participating in volunteer community experiences that challenge your leadership skill-set can elevate your profile. How about joining a nonprofit Board of Directors or consulting a struggling small business with its financial, operations, and marketing challenges?

Consider partnering with a volunteer organization such as SCORE, Net Impact, USALC, or Taproot. These orgs provide strategy consulting assistance to emerging organizations in need.

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