What do consultants do?
- Propose solutions to problems: "Management consulting is a career in which generalist problem solvers help companies solve their business problems," according to this article from Science Careers.
- Design and complete projects: "Management consultants help businesses improve their performance and grow by solving problems and finding new and better ways of doing things. It's not just in the private sector either – many firms work with public sector organisations to help develop their services and, where necessary, reduce costs and make savings." Read more here. If you like working on a project, you may like being a consultant.
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Is consulting a good fit with your values, interests and skills?
Good question! Find out by completing the AAAS's My Individual Development Plan Assessment Tool, which OCPD co-designed. Answer three assessments and it will calculate and compare your skills/interests responses to key factors for 60 different career paths within 20 different career categories available to you as a scientist (including consulting!). Click on the image to see a sample report.
Organizations who hire PhDs
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Cover Letter Samples
- There are two types of questions in the hiring process for jobs in consulting: the case interview questions and behavioral interview questions. UCSF students and postdocs most often find case interview question practice partners; find yours through the UCSF Consulting Club, which also offers opportunities for practice and even for Case Competitions with UC Berkeley. To get ready for behavioral interview questions, make an appointment with OCPD to practice.
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