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Humanities PhD and Consulting

 
#1 Humanities PhD and Consulting
20/12/2016 05:28

kimyoungha

I know this got asked a couple of times but the last question I could find about this was already a few years ago.

I graduated from a top European business school 6 years ago then went on to pursue a PhD in Japanese language and literature with a European university (likewise highly respected for its program, although I spent most of my PhD in Japan).

I'm about to hand out my dissertation, I have published a few peer-reviewed papers, presented at international conferences and have a post-doc lined up. It was a wonderful experience and I do not regret it. However I just do not see myself doing this for another 30 years and I would like to switch to consulting.

My questions:

1) Are consulting firms still actively recruiting humanities (literature) PhDs or is this largely a myth? Is this limited to MBB or do smaller firms now also recruit PhDs ?

2) I will be 30 (31 if I go through with the post-doc) by the time I make the switch. Is this too old to start a consulting career ? Will my age play against me ?

Thanks

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#2 RE: Humanities PhD and Consulting
20/12/2016 11:06

Whizz to kimyoungha (#1)

I'd say the best bet is to find a decent recruiter. They will be able to answer a lot of questions for you.

I don't know a great deal about post-PhD recruitment specifically but if you consider it on par with an MBA (which you should), a lot of people in Europe come out of an MBA at a similar age to you so I can't see that being a barrier.

Is it that you don't want to join MBB or just want to explore all open options?

W

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#3 RE: Humanities PhD and Consulting
21/12/2016 00:16

kimyoungha to Whizz (#2)

MBB would obviously be great, but if that does not work out I will have to look at other options.

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