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Asked by Akash on April 20, 2015

I am a graduate student at New York University with major in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship. I will be graduating in May'15. I have experience working both in biotech and management. I am interested in working in biotechnology research and also I am gaining required programming skills to work as a Business Analyst in healthcare sector. Please, advice me which path should I take? Thanks!

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on April 22, 2015

It is so wonderful that you have well-rounded experience in biotech, management, and programming! Having experience in several areas within any industry will open way more doors and opportunities for you to take your career where you would like it to go. To answer your question, you really need to think about what you enjoy doing the most and where you see yourself in the future. Think about whether or not you like managing people, or processes, or both even. Since you have had exposure to several different areas, you have the ability to leverage your experience with what you actually like to do. Spend some time really thinking about the parts of your position that you look forward to the most and where those tasks lie in relation to the paths you can take. Good luck!

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Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on April 27, 2015

It is best to identify your interests, values and skills so you can make a well informed decision.  This type of roadmap will help you determine the best path to select.  Learning about your interests will help you identify opportunites to purse and what you are naturally drawn to.  The values are the things that you can relate to and ones that match your goals.  Your skills are things you are good at.  I would encourage you to think of these things first and then you can determine which path to select.  Both sound like great careers but you have to think about what will get you excited everyday.  Good luck!

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Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on May 18, 2015

This is truly a question that no one can answe besides you. The best way to decided is to base it on what you enjoy the most and perhaps a compromise would be to have a role as a Business Analyst in a biotech firm. At my company we value diversity and having experience in the full business will give you an advantage. Also we have programs where you can start as a business analyst and perhaps revisit the scientific field.

Good Luck with your decision!

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