Hi All. I think some of the consulting people on this forum may be able to shed some light on what may be the best possible short term (5 years) path for me to follow, post MBA.
I have an ugrad and masters from H/S/W/P/MIT and have been working in a F100 firm for the past 5 years. I have a lot of experience with China/Taiwan through my projects, even though I'm based in the US, and I speak fluent Mandarin, and passable Spanish. I am heavily technically oriented by trade and title. Although I have quite a bit of experience with consulting internally and have worked on projects in Latin America, mostly with building up proposals and being an architect of their new systems for future technology deployments. I've had a fair amount of interaction with EVP level people across the region. The people, dynamic challenges, and back and forth were why I decided to stop doing hardcore engineering, and focus on the bigger picture.
I am heading off for an MBA program this July, and would like transition to consulting. Now here is my question. Long term, I want to be involved with Southeast Asia, with a focus on China. The obvious thing to me, is to start my consulting career in Asia... either in Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkong, to build local experience in consulting and connections.... right? Another part of me believes in fundamentals, and is saying that because I don't have the traditional consulting background, I should go somewhere big like San Francisco, Chicago, or New York or somewhere else where consulting is more established to get up to speed. Would it be out of the question to even ask for gigs in Asia when I am based in the US? Then in a few years, I can do a two year stint in China or South America or where ever China decides to spend its yuan/dollars. I do want to come back to the US though.
Given my technical / slight consulting leaning background, my goal, and my desire to leverage my English/Mandarin/Spanish, where should I start my consulting? Should I start in Asia and eventually move back to US? Should I start in US and do a stint in Asia, before coming back? I know Singapore has a very well developed consulting environment that covers across SEAsia. However playing devil's advocate, why not go for broke and do something in China and then do US, or vice versa.
Much obliged for any opinions.