I'm hoping I can get some information on what kinds of jobs I could use as a launch point to enter the business (I'm specifically thinking market/equity research or M&A) arena from a biology background. I got my B.S (Biology). in 2016 and I have been working at a state university's medical school doing vaccine R&D for ~8 months. Prior to this, I was a lab tech at a small industry company; I was only there for about 4 months.
The reason that I'm thinking I want to switch to market research is that I really am passionate about the end goal of my work (bringing relief to disadvantaged populations), but the scope of my work is too narrow for my liking. From what I understand, in market/equity research, I would have the opportunity to use my science knowledge to contribute to valuations of biotech/pharma companies and their products to help determine if they would be worth investing in/acquiring (please correct me if I'm wrong). I think it would be really cool to work in M&A in the life science industry.
I applied for a position at another large medical school in my state that has a department called "technology ventures" and they seem to do exactly what I'm interested in pursuing. I just put in my app and contacted the hiring manager directly this past Friday so I'm still waiting on that, but assuming that this doesn't pan out I wanted to see if there were suggestions for other places/job titles that I can look for. I looked at Becton Dickinson, GSK, and Sanofi, but didn't really see anything that fit what I'm looking for. There were some "marketing associate" positions, but they seemed more like sales jobs.
Would sales be a good jumping off point? Or is that a totally different direction than what I described above? I don't know much about the business career paths... Also, I started taking undergrad business courses at my CC this semester to get my feet wet. I'm currently taking Accounting I and Macro-econ.
Anyway, if anyone could point me in the right direction I would really, really appreciate it.