Career switch fro, Social Work to Consulting/Strategic Management/Analytics


Hi All,



Brief info about me

41 year old single parent. Social worker in Team Manager position for 3 years. 13 years professional experience.

1st Degree in statisics and Economics 1st class - Excelled in Econometrics and Statistical modelling

Postgraduate diploma in Social Work

I enjoy the legal aspect of Social work

Social Work is my 2nd career. First Career was as an analyst for the NHS almost 20 years ago.



Looking for my 3rd career change,



I wish to pivot experience into a different industry where I can make more than £65k a year. I would like to get into consultancy or analytics and wish to complete an online MBA in a cost effective way.



Considering the following

Aston

open University

Birmingham



Please help- All Advice is welcomed! I wish to start a new career



Thank you!

[Edited by JanetSandy on Nov 15, 2022]

Hi All,<br>
<br>
Brief info about me<br>
41 year old single parent. Social worker in Team Manager position for 3 years. 13 years professional experience.<br>
1st Degree in statisics and Economics 1st class - Excelled in Econometrics and Statistical modelling<br>
Postgraduate diploma in Social Work<br>
I enjoy the legal aspect of Social work<br>
Social Work is my 2nd career. First Career was as an analyst for the NHS almost 20 years ago.<br>
<br>
Looking for my 3rd career change,<br>
<br>
I wish to pivot experience into a different industry where I can make more than £65k a year. I would like to get into consultancy or analytics and wish to complete an online MBA in a cost effective way.<br>
<br>
Considering the following<br>
Aston<br>
open University<br>
Birmingham<br>
<br>
Please help- All Advice is welcomed! I wish to start a new career<br>
<br>
Thank you!
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aslamo

Think about some more precise career goals first. Consultancy is a broad term, what kind of consultancy do you mean? Strategy consulting is quite different to technology consulting for example.

Given your first degree and interest in analytics, I wonder if it might be worth looking at doing a course in data science rather than a generalist course like an MBA? Data Scientist is no longer the sexiest job of the 21st century as once coined by Harvard Business Review, but there will be long term demand for such skills with good salaries.

Think about some more precise career goals first. Consultancy is a broad term, what kind of consultancy do you mean? Strategy consulting is quite different to technology consulting for example.<br><br>Given your first degree and interest in analytics, I wonder if it might be worth looking at doing a course in data science rather than a generalist course like an MBA? Data Scientist is no longer the sexiest job of the 21st century as once coined by Harvard Business Review, but there will be long term demand for such skills with good salaries.
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Many thanks for the response.

I was wondering if consulting within health and social care would suit my current profession but enable me to work in a strategic manner and moving from operational to strategy as more money there. 




Many thanks for the response.<br><br>I was wondering if consulting within health and social care would suit my current profession but enable me to work in a strategic manner and moving from operational to strategy as more money there.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
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aslamo

Consulting in social care may be a challenge as UK government and council budgets will be very tight in the next few years. Healthcare consulting might be a good option. 



Do some research investigating the kinds of consultancies that are strong in healthcare strategy. Maybe start with the Big 4 firms then look at smaller/niche consultancies. Look at LinkedIn and see what qualifications consultants at those firms have. It will give you a good indication of the educational routes into healthcare consulting.  

Consulting in social care may be a challenge as UK government and council budgets will be very tight in the next few years. Healthcare consulting might be a good option.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>Do some research investigating the kinds of consultancies that are strong in healthcare strategy. Maybe start with the Big 4 firms then look at smaller/niche consultancies. Look at LinkedIn and see what qualifications consultants at those firms have. It will give you a good indication of the educational routes into healthcare consulting.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Many thanks Aslamo. I really appreciate your points and now considering if a public administration course is more suited as opposed to generic and expensive MBA. I will definitely look on LinkedIn .
Janet

Many thanks Aslamo. I really appreciate your points and now considering if a public administration course is more suited as opposed to generic and expensive MBA. I will definitely look on LinkedIn .<br>Janet
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aslamo

Maybe also check out the NHS Leadership Academy. If I remember rightly, it was working with several UK MBA schools. I guess the programme isn't open to you but the curriculum details might help to inform your course choices.  

Maybe also check out the NHS Leadership Academy. If I remember rightly, it was working with several UK MBA schools. I guess the programme isn't open to you but the curriculum details might help to inform your course choices.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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