Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 18 Apr 2014, 12:50

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

2011 Application: Job Choice

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Intern
Intern
Joined: 10 May 2008
Posts: 5
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 15:32
Background:

3.5 GPA from UCLA Class of 2008: Business Economics and Accounting

Currently 9 months experience (including summer internship) in a Fortune 100 Company as a budget and planning financial analyst.

GMAT: 690 (retaking in April, htting mid low 700's in practice CAT)

Target Schools: Columbia, NYU, Harvard, and Northwestern

I have a job offer to work in an mid-size (400-500 employees) international pharmaceutical (health food product) company. The company is based in Poland and is a household name in Poland (in EVERY supermarket/pharmacy). It has some brand power in Eastern Europe, but is unknown in Western Europe and in the States.

So my job will be to first live/work in Poland to get a grasp of the products they make (over 80) and began developing a marketing plan to bring the product into the States. I must tell this, the company is owned by my grandfather and I have been given this opportunity because i am his grandson.

So should i stick with my process driven finance job or take on the venture to introduce a great health food product to America? Which job would help me stand out for bschool applications in 2011?

Any advice would help. I'm at a stepping stone in my life and I want to make my decision with the upmost thought and consideration.

Thanks
Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesGMAT Pill GMAT Discount Codes
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 21 Feb 2009
Posts: 76
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 0

Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 15:40
You may be wise to post this in the consultant's threads. I would say the combination of international exposure + entrepeneurial work environment would add more to your application than staying in your current job. On the flipside, you run the risk of not doing your current job enough justice (staying there < 1 year?).

Also, Northwestern is a school that generally likes more experienced candidates. If you plan to apply for entry in 2011, you may be wise to apply instead to a school like UCLA, Stanford, or Wharton which likes younger folks. Harvard, NYU, and Columbia all take younger folks in large numbers.

Last edited by DK on 23 Feb 2009, 15:41, edited 1 time in total.
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 14 Sep 2007
Posts: 908
Schools: Kellogg '10
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 86 [0], given: 15

GMAT Tests User
Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 15:40
What do you see as the upward potential in your current role?
_________________

http://www.fantasticcontraption.com

Intern
Intern
Joined: 10 May 2008
Posts: 5
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 15:46
rca215 wrote:
What do you see as the upward potential in your current role?


My current job is entirely process driven. I focus on operations finance (for marketing), but at this moment basically do discretionary, salary, marketing planning/reporting .

I do not see any exciting potential in my job. Usually those positions are left for MBA grad's and is mostly strategy.


My target schools are not set in stone, so I will probably pick and choose the schools that cater toward younger applicants.
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 14 Sep 2007
Posts: 908
Schools: Kellogg '10
Followers: 6

Kudos [?]: 86 [0], given: 15

GMAT Tests User
Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 17:27
From what you've said, the Poland opportunity seems like a great one. I am not familiar with the pros and cons of working in a family business when it comes to business school admissions (other than the challenges of finding non-family recommenders), but the job itself definitely sounds like something that will provide more leadership experiences than your current position.
_________________

http://www.fantasticcontraption.com

SVP
SVP
User avatar
Status: Burning mid-night oil....daily
Joined: 07 Nov 2008
Posts: 2400
Schools: Yale SOM 2011 Alum, Kellogg, Booth, Tuck
WE 1: IB - Restructuring & Distressed M&A
Followers: 69

Kudos [?]: 684 [0], given: 548

GMAT Tests User Reviews Badge
Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2009, 21:21
jmtomasz wrote:
I do not see any exciting potential in my job. Usually those positions are left for MBA grad's and is mostly strategy.


Many people make the mistake of thinking that certain jobs should be written off or one should move on quickly because they are rather boring, not as important, or insignificant.

However, all experience (regardless of your current view) have value and this becomes clear once you begin your bschool application process. I've been tested by adcoms, interviewers, essay questions, and even by myself - about every aspect of my life in the last 10 years. After thorough analysis, I was able to piece together the puzzle and realized how much each moment of my life in the last 10 years helped me become who I am and it allowed me to succeed in current bschool application year.

There are many individuals in this forum with various backgrounds with amazing admit results. Some did it the traditional way (top scores, superb work experience etc), and others did it their own ways.

There's more than one way to get to where you want to go. Therefore, make the best of your current situation and don't write off a single experience. Because later on, every piece of your life puzzle will help and it will make sense to you.
Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 09 Nov 2008
Posts: 216
Location: Evanston, IL
Schools: Kellogg '11 (MMM)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 2

GMAT Tests User
Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2009, 06:03
I think perhaps you may be approaching this question a little bit backwards. Instead of making your job decision based on the perceived impact on a B-school application two years from now, I think you should look at it from the perspective of what would you enjoy doing more now. If you absolutely love your process driven job now, then there really is no need to change.

At the end of the day, when it is time for you to apply to B school, whenever that is, you are going to have to sell your story. It's a lot easier to sell a story that you believe in and are happy about, than, "I decided to go and work in Poland because I figured it would look better on a B school application". I completely agree with nink in that there is no one right way to get into a top B school. There is so much pure chance involved, that I wouldn't sacrifice my happiness today in hopes for getting into some top program two years from now.
Re: 2011 Application: Job Choice   [#permalink] 24 Feb 2009, 06:03
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
New posts 1 2011/12 Application: Job Offer Advice jmtomasz 2 23 Feb 2009, 15:49
New posts Job Applicants mbaMission 6 07 Jun 2009, 05:09
This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies. New 10 Any IMD Applicants for 2011 bhatiagp 222 02 Feb 2010, 02:11
New posts MBA applications and career choices Jarrod 2 10 Jan 2011, 21:15
New posts Experts publish their posts in the topic Choice between two jobs exmonkey 3 10 Apr 2013, 11:56
Display posts from previous: Sort by

2011 Application: Job Choice

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.