Say the word “strategy” and you’ll attract management consultants like flies to honey, and for good reason: you really have to like Porter’s Five Forces and a whole lot of PowerPoint to get ahead in both fields.
(Plus, a good share of mining for gold in Saskatchewan… maybe).
Bankers, of course, tend to go into roles such as corporate development and corporate finance once their 2-3 years are up – you still leverage those Excel and M&A skills, but get to leave the 80-100 hour workweeks.
And then there are roles that combine elements of both these options.
One example is strategic planning, where you get to plot and execute expansion strategies for companies, whether they’re M&A-related, organic, or even responding to the competition and developing new marketing tactics.
Our interviewee today is Carl Pascale, who’s worked in the industrials sector at a large defense contractor doing exactly this: strategy and marketing.
If you’re looking to get out of a pure finance role and move into more of a “jack of all trades” position, his story will resonate with you:
Defense Planning: Where War Meets Strategy