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Career Decision Pre-MBA [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2014, 10:15
Need objective help about a job offer based on what it would look like for my MBA application. I work in Media Strategy and Insight and am looking to apply to MBA programs with a Media / Entertainment focus for 2015 admissions. (UCLA Anderson, Stern etc)

I worked at Company A for 18 months gaining promotion after 12 months. Moved to Company B for a similar role within a different sector for both the experience (best gained early in the industry) and because job-growth prospects were limited in Company A because of team structure. I didn't enjoy the work in Company B mainly because of the sector it was based in (Retail rather than Media) and so moved to Company C after 6 months.

After 18 months at Company C (back in the media sector) where I have developed my skills in project management and now manage an industry project, and am currently co-managing a new development in the company I have been offered a new role back in a different department of Company A.

This new role would be a promotion 2 levels from where I am currently at - to Head of a Department - and I was recommended for the role based on my work previously at the company and on my subsequent work. It would offer me the chance to lead a small team responsible for the Research and Insight of the company reporting directly into a Director of Marketing.

I am concerned this looks like I am a "job-hopper" and it had been suggested it looks like I am taking the easy option by returning to the company where I started out. To confuse matters more there is the scope for advancement at my current company because of a potential restructure.

Any objective advice people can offer would be a great help! I don't work in an industry where people typically apply for MBAs (although my current mentor thinks it would be a great idea) and am thinking about this from an admissions point of view.
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Re: Career Decision Pre-MBA [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 07:31
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Need objective help about a job offer based on what it would look like for my MBA application. I work in Media Strategy and Insight and am looking to apply to MBA programs with a Media / Entertainment focus for 2015 admissions. (UCLA Anderson, Stern etc)

I worked at Company A for 18 months gaining promotion after 12 months. Moved to Company B for a similar role within a different sector for both the experience (best gained early in the industry) and because job-growth prospects were limited in Company A because of team structure. I didn't enjoy the work in Company B mainly because of the sector it was based in (Retail rather than Media) and so moved to Company C after 6 months.

After 18 months at Company C (back in the media sector) where I have developed my skills in project management and now manage an industry project, and am currently co-managing a new development in the company I have been offered a new role back in a different department of Company A.

This new role would be a promotion 2 levels from where I am currently at - to Head of a Department - and I was recommended for the role based on my work previously at the company and on my subsequent work. It would offer me the chance to lead a small team responsible for the Research and Insight of the company reporting directly into a Director of Marketing.

I am concerned this looks like I am a "job-hopper" and it had been suggested it looks like I am taking the easy option by returning to the company where I started out. To confuse matters more there is the scope for advancement at my current company because of a potential restructure.

Any objective advice people can offer would be a great help! I don't work in an industry where people typically apply for MBAs (although my current mentor thinks it would be a great idea) and am thinking about this from an admissions point of view.


Dude, easy answer here: job-hopping only looks bad when you do it messily (like from industry to industry, to lower ranked roles, etc.) When you are jumping up two levels and gaining leadership (and one assumes, a better salary) there is no way for this not to look fantastic.
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So the MBA programs will LOVE this! (I mean like a role two levels up, PLUS team leadership!) If you like the job, go for it with no qualms.

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Re: Career Decision Pre-MBA [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2014, 11:07
Your acceptance back into company A clearly shows your relationship building ability. You could use this as a strong point too. Moreover, as Jon mentioned, you are accomplishing a lot and are treading a growth trajectory.

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