I would like to keep this question as least specific as possible, but I have to give a brief insight on my situation to help build the answer.

The question put very simply is: How easy it is to get out of a industrial research job and move into a management/technical consultancy job? By "how easy" I would mainly be interested in a comparison with the way back (i.e, from a management/technical consultancy job towards a research job).

To give a little bit of context to make the question answerable: I am majoring in informatics (Europe). I studied basically embedded systems and now in my final year I have the choice to obtain a master degree in Data analytics (a research oriented master) or a digital economics master (more professional). Before my final year, I took a year to do research internships and I found out I don't actually like research that much. I think I am more of a less-technical guy and would be more willing to work with people, for instance.

My thinking is that doing a Data analytics master (even though it is research oriented) I will be more open to pursue management/consultancy later, whereas if I go for a digital economics, I will not be able to come back that easy (if I find out I don't like management/consultancy). Specially considering I could do an MBA later. Does this makes sense?

I'm aware that the question looks a lot like some specific career advice for my case. I am not asking what I should do in my final year of studies. I would just like to know, currently in industry (specially Europe) how easy it is for someone with only research internships in the CV to get into a non-development/non-research job (like technical consultancy).

Thank you


Well, in-so-far as management is concerned, if you're good at your job and there's upward mobility, you'll probably eventually get promoted to being a manager.

Per the Dilbert Principle good people tend to get promoted until they're not good enough to receive any more promotions. So be good at data analytics and if you're at a sufficiently large company (larger companies tend to have more upward mobility) you'll probably eventually get into management!

You could also talk to your manager about your long term career goals - maybe you could maneuver you into that type of role sooner rather than later and give you advice commensurate with those goals.

  • That's not what the Dilbert principle is... – Peter Feb 14 at 9:52

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