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When I transitioned out of the lab into a strategic planning role and ultimately into strategy consulting, I was confident my depth of knowledge in pharmaceutical R&D would be the key to my success in the commercial world. Boy, was I wrong. Now that I sit on the other side of the recruiting process, I have come to realize that the strongest candidates bring together an uncommon blend of attributes - including industry expertise, technical and analytical skills, and an attitude truly focused on learning, collaboration and growth. I'll touch on each one of these but first, let's set the appropriate context. Face it, you have been pursuing an advanced degree program in science over the past several years while wondering "what will I actually be doing for a living when I graduate?" Your passion for ...