Finished FLDP, now what?

I finished a 2 year FLDP with one of the largest in Big Pharma that you've all heard of. I'm about 6 months in to my roll-off position and looking to jump ship Q1 2018.

I'm eyeing top of Tier 2 consulting and have started case prep. However, I wanted to take a step back for a moment to consider other opportunities before going all in on prep for this route.

I honestly am at a loss as to what a next step for me would be. What is typical for someone looking to take a next step after FLDP? I do not want to continue in FP&A which is where I'm at now. Honestly, nothing is very lucrative to me at my company (or in corporate fin at the analyst/ senior analyst level) unless I get some kind of consulting experience, an MBA, and then re-enter in an actual strategy-focused role...

I'd like to steer my career in a way that would allow me to get into more entrepreneurial territories where I'd have more of an impact day-to-day. I'm thinking of going to consulting so I have more exposure to business cases across many different industries to build out my toolkit.

Are investment-oriented roles out of the question or extremely difficult to land pre-MBA at this point for me? I do have a few connections in my network to a PE fund here in the city (I'm in NYC) but fear I'm just not in that "world" enough to be competitive.

Anyone have any thoughts or have been in my shoes in the past?

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Dec 1, 2017

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Dec 3, 2017

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Dec 3, 2017

I "graduated" from a Pharma FLDP based in NJ and applied to various Corporate Strategy jobs and landed a CS gig with large company in the ~same location/different industry and now I'm looking to go to B School to switch over to MBB consulting. Honestly, I hated the FLDP experience - it was mind numbingly boring and there wasn't a lot of talent there/insanely difficult to move up/absurd levels of politics. We might have even worked for the same company.

I guess you could try to switch over to a Tier 2 consulting firm - MBB would be very difficult.

Anyways, my advice to you is to do something "new" for the next 2 years and get into a M7 MBA program.

Dec 3, 2017

Maybe we've walked the same halls! Low probability though as the program I was in was fairly new to the company as a result of an acquisition that ignited it, but the depiction of your FLDP experience is very similar to mine.

Yeah, no desire to kill myself to get into MBB pre-MBA. I am planning to try for M7 but that's going to be 2-4 years down the road. Like you've said, I'm trying to find that "something new" to bridge the gap. Thought T2 consulting would be a logical choice for me as some graduates of my program have moved over to that.

Do you enjoy the CS gig? Did you feel that your FLDP experience prepared you well for the interview process for CS? Did you look for opportunities mainly in NJ or did you include NYC in your search as well?

Thanks!

Dec 4, 2017

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Dec 3, 2017

CS is much better than FLDP, the work is much more interesting, and I get to work on projects with MBB consultants. My FLDP experience certainly did not prepare me for this job - I "self prepared." Spent countless hours reading forums, practising case interviews, reading 10Ks (Being prepared!) and applied to a LOT of jobs (in NJ/NYC/Philly) until I got lucky and got an interview. I killed the interview - was very well prepared for cases, and read up extensively about the industry.

The "Big Pharma" brand definitely helped though. I guess you know which company I worked in, but their products are very well known by patients and consumers alike.

Jan 25, 2018

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Dec 3, 2017

I can neither confirm or deny that. Lol.

@CFLateral What has your Corp Fin career path been like?

Dec 5, 2017

I would suggest first speaking with connections in both what you consider your "world" and outside of your world. This might help you get a feel for how your experiences stack up with others your age and help you identify particular projects to focus on in your CV and interviews. I am currently on the back end of an FLDP and know examples of work I will never share with anyone and work I am willing to brag a little about. These roles are incredibly varied so you'll have some leeway in selling yourself and selling particular aspects of your experience!

Dec 3, 2017

That's good advice and I will start doing this in other industries. But I just don't think I have the pedigree for this connection I have to PE or they would expect me to come in with working knowledge on things I never deal with day to day. You know?

Dec 1, 2017

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Dec 6, 2017

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