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Hi,
I have a great question for experienced Equity Researchers...
I live in Chicago, but I'm open for relocation.
I am originally (B.Sc.) from molecular biology and genetics,
I have done my M.Sc. in molecular genetics of human cancer,
I have finished my Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2011.
This fall started an online M.B.A. online program after deciding to shift to equity research (wanted to get out of lab and the slow pace of academia - have always had a passion for business side of science and really enjoyed finance) and being rejected due to lack of experience(?).
I'm learning a lot in the M.B.A., but I want to make sure, I head to right direction. Therefore, wanted to request any advise from experienced.
- what is the appropriate title/level should I apply for? Before/after MBA?
- would you recommend an internship before applying to positions?
- any key places to look for internships?
- any good places that may overlook the non-existence of experience?
Thanks for all the answers!

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Comments (12)

  • dest149's picture

    Hummolgen:

    - what is the appropriate title/level should I apply for? Before/after MBA?

    Associate or Analyst if no one will have you.
    - would you recommend an internship before applying to positions?

    can't hurt, and its a good way to get a FT offer
    - any key places to look for internships?

    any place that is related to the field that you want to be working in.
    - any good places that may overlook the non-existence of experience?

    I think thats an oxymoron. If the place is good, the first thing they are going to look at is your experience.

    Good luck.

  • West Coast rainmaker's picture

    Not that experienced yet, but sent you a PM.

  • In reply to dest149
    Hummolgen's picture

    Dest149, first of all thanks for your response.
    However couple of questions about it though...

    - what is the appropriate title/level should I apply for? Before/after MBA?
    Associate or Analyst if no one will have you.

    Q.........I thought that analyst jobs are more focused on finance, but wouldn't associate level let me to utilize my scientific knowledge and skills more? Would the company care for this?

    would you recommend an internship before applying to positions?
    can't hurt, and its a good way to get a FT offer
    any key places to look for internships?
    any place that is related to the field that you want to be working in.

    Q.........I meant any job boards on the Internet, such as "monster for internships"??? Would you recommend cold call/email the HR or the analysts/associates directly? Or even showing up to drop off resume? - that does work for most professors if you would want to get a post-doc position. But don't want to be let out by security :-)

    any good places that may overlook the non-existence of experience?
    I think thats an oxymoron. If the place is good, the first thing they are going to look at is your experience.

    Q.........I meant,,, would a bigger firm be more willing to spend time/energy in training you in actual job? Than smaller ones? Or vice versa?

    Good luck.

    Thanks again for advice. I may be a new member in WSO, but am planning to stick around.

    M.B.A.(c) | Ph.D. - Biochemistry | M.Sc., B.Sc. - Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • In reply to West Coast rainmaker
    Hummolgen's picture

    Rainmaker, thanks you very much. However, I think since I am a new member I can't send (or receive?) PMs. If you can shoot me another one very soon that would be awesome. Thanks

    M.B.A.(c) | Ph.D. - Biochemistry | M.Sc., B.Sc. - Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • prospie's picture

    online b-school after you've been smart enough to get a BS, MS, and PhD? online? wtf are you thinking?

  • spaceagecowboy's picture

    why do you write like this.....
    i dont understand the mcmeaning of it....

  • In reply to prospie
    Hummolgen's picture

    Hi Prospie,
    Thanks for your post. You actually have a point. I had two reasons for that...
    1. After finishing my Ph.D. without a student loan (ever in my education), I wanted to go for a way that will not make a new one or cost me too much.
    2. I thought the main selling point on my resume would be the advanced degrees, but the M.B.A. would be mostly to prove that I know the material. I thought an online degree would be enough for that.
    If you have any suggestions, I would most certainly appreciate your response.
    Thanks

    M.B.A.(c) | Ph.D. - Biochemistry | M.Sc., B.Sc. - Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • In reply to Hummolgen
    chicandtoughness's picture

    Hummolgen:

    - what is the appropriate title/level should I apply for? Before/after MBA?
    Associate or Analyst if no one will have you.
    Q.........I thought that analyst jobs are more focused on finance, but wouldn't associate level let me to utilize my scientific knowledge and skills more? Would the company care for this?

    O___o
    Associate is the starting level.
    Analyst is what you become when you earn some cred and start initiating coverage yourself.
    Both have equal focus on finance; associates probably number-crunch more just because you're on the lower rung of the ladder and need to do grunt work, but in terms of topics and applicability it's the same. With your Ph.D. you can probably start as an Associate and, if you do well, can be promoted to Analyst within a specialized industry (Healthcare, Pharma, etc.) before long.

    Currently: becoming a clinical psychologist... yep, I quit finance
    Previously: M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM), business research (HBS)

  • ILOVENYGUY's picture

    How is your English? Based on your post it seems that it is not your native language...
    How old are you?

  • In reply to ILOVENYGUY
    Hummolgen's picture

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