Out of the frying pan, into the fire?
Moving from the glitz and glam of investment banking to the rather different challenges and rewards of medicine. June Ng shares her experiences
On the last page of the Student BMJ earlier this year was an advert for a seminar held by a recruitment agency: “Alternative careers in management consulting, investment banking, and the pharmaceutical industry.” It struck a nerve. These are areas I had considered a few years back, when I was contemplating what to do after my first degree.
I took a masters degree in medicinal chemistry, and after my penultimate year I knew that I did not wish to continue to a doctorate. Uncertain as to what I wanted to do, I decided to try my hand at something completely different, away from the world of science. I attended a course that exposed me to different careers in finance—management consulting, investment banking, and the like. I loved the buzz of the City, London's financial hub, and so applied to a handful of banks and secured an internship with Goldman Sachs,