Switching jobs before applying for an MBA
April 14, 2010 9:37 PM Subscribe
Should I take a new job shortly before applying to MBA programs?
posted by Tehhund to Work & Money (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am very tired of my current job - the long hours, constant overcommittment, and lack of advancement opportunities have finally caught up with me. But I like my industry (enterprise IT applications) and would like to get an MBA with a specialty in IT / IS so I could lead projects or manage at organizations like my current clients. If it helps, I'm single, in my mid/late 20s, and my current job was my first job out of college. I'm not interested in working while I get my MBA.
At the moment, I am feeling overwhelmed and don't know how I'll effectively apply to business schools on top of my current workload. And I'm lucky enough to be employable - a few employers are already offering to fly me out for onsite interviews. If I weren't getting ready to apply to school, I would definitely take a new job when the right one came along (and as I said, the right ones seem to be coming along). I still think taking a new job is the right decision because I have a few months before I have to start applying in earnest, and because I don't think a new job is likely to be much more stressful than my current one. But I'm a little worried that I'm setting myself up for difficulties.
My current job was my first full time job after school, and my first few months were very leisurely. I'm not expecting the same leisurely pace, but it seems that during a transition is a good time to be busy outside of work because your boss understands that you're still learning the ropes. Am I being unreasonable? Should I expect this transition to be more stressful and draining and have a negative impact on my apps?
Also, my parents are concerned that it's unfair to my future employer to join up and leave 12-15 months later. Frankly, this seems like an outdated and ridiculous sentiment to me - in today's economy, you look out for #1 as long as you aren't burning all of your bridges. Should I be worried about only putting in a year at a new job?
Finally, a few people have wondered if I should stay committed to one job before getting my MBA. They think I'll look like a job-hopper. Again, I think this is silly - I think a few years of experience with a vendor followed by a year of experience at a large enterprise would be a stronger resume than an additional year at the vendor. Who's right on that one?