Many students ask themselves what to do after an MBA? Michelle M. who recently graduated MBA shares her story.
Behavior and change are themes that have always interested me and that I deal with constantly in consulting. My father was a Ph.D. in industrial psychology, so you might say that I grew up with this as a natural interest. As an undergraduate, I got an internship with an organizational-development consulting firm. My career took off from there, and I have been in consulting both before and after the MBA.
With the MBA, I was able to expand on a career in consulting but at a broader and more strategic level, and with a more solid set of quantitative skills to support my decisions.
Desirable Traits to Be Successful in This Career
You must be effective under pressure and never more than in this weak economy—in a market in which we are lucky to have work, we promise the world, they have to deliver it. You must also deal well with ambiguity since the pace is fast and the facts always change or are incomplete.
Strong quantitative skills are a must. The MBA-level courses in finance, economics, research, and operations are good preparation and a good test, but they will be a substantial challenge.
My group, Management Solutions, and Services consults to a range of Fortune 500 clients but began by focusing on middle-market clients, namely those companies with revenues up to about the U.S. $50 million who are emerging strategically.