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Extremely niche question: >1YOE and finally realizing I really want to work in corporate development for a consumer chemicals company (Estee Lauder, Shiseido, etc). Im a chemical engineering major, and had 2 internships in IB M&A. My projects have mostly been in post-merger work in CPG, and aiming to get some CDD projects before I go to MBA and try and make the switch then. My main question: am I missing anything? How can I maximize the chances of getting this move right?

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Sounds like you have a great background. Are you sure an MBA is necessary? Have you checked the backgrounds of people who transitioned to those roles at those target companies?

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My main thing is— where I want to be is very narrowly specific so I want to make sure I do this as effectively as possible since there won’t be too many positions available. And I want to MBA because a. I got an early admission to M7 and don’t want to waste it b. I know Accenture has a bias towards tech, no matter what project you really do, and moving away from that into chemicals could be seen as a big pivot (which is what MBAs are great for)

Why do you feel an MBA is necessary to make that next step? Have you tried to jump directly? It would seem you’re more than qualified

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You have a great profile. Definitely doable without an MBA. Use your network!

Clarifying question - do you specifically want prestige beauty per your examples? beauty more broadly? Or are you considering CPGs even more broadly? Will influence my answer.

In sum, I think you have an awesome background and cool goals. I think you should broaden the aperture of your goal significantly from “corp dev at a fragrance company” which is way too niche to “commercial leader at a consumer company” and build multiple pathways for yourself.

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