Consulting Resources Corporation
Chemistry, Franklin and Marshall
Chemistry, Ohio State University
Business Administration, Harvard University
President of a
"Consulting is good
for people who like to combine their analytical business
capabilities with knowledge of science and technology."
Roger Shamel, president of
Consulting Resource Corporation in Lexington, MA, came to consulting via a
different path. "While I was working on my master's in physical organic
chemistry, I realized I didn't want to spend my career in the lab," he
says. "I wanted to be with people, not baby-sitting distillation columns."
Shamel decided to forego a Ph.D. and went to business school instead.
There, the range of prior experience of his classmates- from aerospace
engineers to humanities majors- made him realize the breadth of
opportunity in business.
Consulting is good for people who like to combine their analytical
business capabilities with knowledge of science and technology.
Consultants like to go out to talk to other people and pull information
together from a variety of different sources. He adds that it is important
to know your own skills. "Not all scientific people have the training to
sell professional services," he says. "This is just as much a part of the
business as are the research and analysis."
Consultants anticipate that the need for their services will continue,
though it will change with the advance of the information highway. "There
will be a shift away from aspects of consulting that provide
straightforward, published information, as a generation of young
executives becomes more attuned to using computerized information," says
Shamel. Opportunities for consultants will also emerge as international
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