Iván Farías PelcastreAdvanced Manager, Knowledge Management at EY Global Delivery Services (EY GDS)
Do it! PhDs acquire many incredibly valuable skills which are still very rare in society. (…) Do not be deterred! Your skills are rare and valuable, and your insights will be appreciated. The grass is indeed greener on the other side…
Gianluca BortolettoData Analyst at NTT Data
My academic background allows me to understand the main issues related to the job and the research project, and how to offer potential solutions to that.
Danielle WhiteFounder and Director at Periscope Programmes Ltd
The PhD is a hidden superpower, not a ball and chain.
Madeline NightingaleSenior Analyst at RAND Europe
‘Academic’ research doesn’t only happen in universities; there might be more overlap than you think between academia and industry.
Tom CharltonSenior Associate Consultant at Cambridge Healthcare Research
I enjoy interacting with clients and starting new projects, where you have to dive into a space and quickly familiarise yourself with it.
Philipp LangerSenior Associate Consultant at Cambridge Healthcare Research (CHR)
The problem-solving aspect is what I enjoy the most and the direct impact/value my work has is very rewarding.
Nikola NovčićConsultant at Boston Consulting Group
There are a lot of amazing opportunities outside of academia and leaving does not mean you have ‘given up or failed’.
Laura ChurcherInnovation Consultant at Innovia Technology
There are many more options out there than you’re easily aware of – some careers services may channel people towards certain career paths. It can be hard to see options other than academia when you’re in academia, but leaving isn’t a sign of failure, it’s a choice.
Ashley PageConsultant at Newton
Consulting seemed like a natural place to apply the analytical skills that I’d gained during my PhD, whilst providing the opportunity for enormous professional development.
Charlotte BarthenSenior Life Sciences Specialist at L.E.K. Consulting LLP
Researchers are highly valued by industry, so don’t be afraid to explore the opportunities that are available outside of academia.
Elizabeth Irvine-CadmanSenior Associate Consultant at Teneo Consulting (prev. Credo Business Consulting)
Whilst I greatly enjoyed both research and teaching, I felt that in the longer-term I would enjoy the team-work and the fast-paced environment provided by consultancy.