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For people who want to go into management consulting and then after a few years transition into the high-tech commercial sector, what are the typical exit paths, i.e. what sort of positions can one expect coming out of MC and moving into high-tech (computers, semiconductors, electronics, not really IT)?
I'm assuming CTO probably isn't it because those tend to be more technical (PhD, etc). Project Mgr sounds like it's sort of too low on the ladder for an MBA with MC experience.
I'm hoping to go into MC and move into the high-tech sector afterwards, just trying to gauge what sort of opportunities will be open to me.
I want to have a credible career path outlines in my essays, so this information will be really helpful. Thanks much.
What sort of titles are we talking about. Ideally I would love to be CEO but that's not happening right out of 3-5 yrs of MC.
My guess would be Vice President or Director level titles/roles. Strategic Planning, Corporate Development, Operations, Corporate Finance, etc. all seem to be about in line - really depends on what your background/interests are and what the company has a need for.
You won't become CEO right off the bat, but these are all C-suite track positions depending on the size of the company.
If it's a smaller company, I wouldn't be surprised if you got a title like Chief Operating Officer or President of one of their businesses.
One Ross alum that I know at work did MC for a few years, made 1-level below partner at Deloitte and then joined us as Director of Enterprise Strategy. His boss, who is an SVP is a HBS alum with rougly 15 years exp(she came directly into the industry, not via MC).
Not many MBA`s in my company, but those who do, end up doing some sort of product management/marketing type roles. The technical side stays with the techies. The operational side of the technical side also stays with the techies who went through the Project management and program management paths.
As for Project management roles, all depends on what level it is. We have some really high level project management roles in our place which MBA`s would not get, as they are managing concepts and strategy portfolios.
Re: High-tech exits out of MC
17 May 2008, 04:43