I am looking to switch into consulting after 10 years in healthcare (3 years research at a top university, 7 years healthcare management directing a department). My BS undergrad was from a top school (ivy), so was my master's degree (molecular microbiology) and the Ph.D. I am working on in healthcare management and leadership (they come to my school to talk to us a lot).
I know I have to nail the cases, but my big question is - are my chances better if I apply to a specific practice (healthcare), or with a general application? And is the compensation significantly different?
Getting into consulting with a PHD in your 30's
Age is not a barrier to entry in consulting. Candidates with advanced degrees looking for a career change can typically enter consulting at the same level as an MBA. The post-MBA candidates are usually in their late twenties with three to five years work experience.
Selling your interest in consulting as a 30-year-old with an advanced degree will be a hurdle. However, you can probably line up your degree with a certain industry within consulting and leverage your knowledge there. An example would be a Ph.D. in healthcare working in healthcare consulting.
from certified user @kenb
I'm a PhD who moved to McK in mid 30s and now am at a boutique healthcare firm. Age is not an issue in 30s and I've seen people come in even later.