Mitul Desai ('98) discusses his unique career, provides counselling to BU Law students

02.21.12

"Learn to embrace risk!" emphasized Mitul Desai ('98) on Feb. 9 to a group of BU Law students interested in pursuing international law and foreign relations.

For Desai, a senior advisor for strategic partnerships in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, taking risks has led to an illustrious career that has included practicing transactional and IP law at a large firm, practicing in-house at a major pharmaceutical company, becoming a research analyst at an equity firm dealing with health and life sciences, founding a health sciences market research start-up company, and most recently working in the public sector.

Throughout his eclectic professional experiences, Desai has remained loyal to a broad set of principles, which include continual self-evaluation and blurring the line between personal interests and professional interests.  Most important, Desai explained to the students, is not to obsess too much over a five or ten year plan.

"The world is becoming far more friendly to people with multiple interests rather than an obsession with specialization," he explained.

The lunch and advising session were part of an ongoing series of alumni-student meetings orchestrated by the Career Development and Public Service Office (CDO).