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  • From the Lab to the Boardroom: Transferring Skills from Grad School to Consulting

    Michelle Stohlmeyer, PhD
    Career Paths
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    As I started to evaluate potential careers outside of academics, strategic management consulting seemed like a good way to get real business experience quickly and the firms had a track record of success with integrating PhDs. So that made the option appealing to me, but I couldn’t help but wonder what made me attractive to them? I had a hard time imagining how my skills running a column in the lab would translate to business prowess. What I learned was that while the lab-specific knowledge was not applicable, most of the other skills I had learned in graduate school were very transferable. In addressing new challenges in grad school, I would often spend time in the library on literature searches. A similar type of searching applies in learning about a new client, a competitor, or ...