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I need Advice Badly!! [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 17:32
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: I need Advice Badly!! [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 21:48
do what you prefer. 10k is not enough money in the short run. In the long run you will have a much better idea what interests you in business and you will not have lost the opportunity to go into consulting if you choose.
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Re: I need Advice Badly!! [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 04:08
You should go for software implementation position.they are paying pretty good salary.and after MBA it will give you more opportunities.
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Re: I need Advice Badly!! [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 19:14
To really answer the question , you have to identify what you want to do after it's all over. Many of the coporate jobs require some domain expertise, so if you want to work in tech, go software, if you want to be in pharma, do the consulting gig. Consulting in general will open more doors than programming, but you'll likely be pigeon holed into the healthcare space and the firm you initially work at likely won't have the name cachet required to really give you the wow factor - unless you're targeting a niche pharma segment post MBA.
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