MBA to F500 Corporate Strategy?
Guys, first time poster looking for some advice here.
I'm going back to b-school this year, and I've been researching different career paths. F500 corporate strategy has piqued my interest. On the surface, it looks like a lot of F500 companies have one department for CS and corporate (or business) development…I have zero finance/m&a background (math undergrad, 4 years consulting)…my questions are:
1. Do the people in these departments typically focus on one practice (i.e., either CS or CD) or do they do a bit of both or does it vary by company?
2. During b-school, should I focus on filling skills gaps (finance) or enhancing strengths (strategy)?
3. I'm looking for F500 firms with CS employees in New England. Are there any firms that are particularly prestigious?
4. I did my undergrad at a non-target (but still T20 liberal arts) school in the Northeast. My consulting experience is with a relatively unknown firm. Now I'm heading to a regional b-school . Will this lack of 'gold' in my profile hold me back? I.e., is it going to be exceptionally challenging to get a F500 CS job? Note, I do have a few things working in my favor: I received the school's most prestigious fellowship (full-tuition, merit-based) and have a 730 GMAT…
Any insights would be greatly appreciated.