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Career Goal Critique [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 07:43
Hi all,

I'm an engineer from China, feeder of MBA pools.
I decide to change from IT to general management.

The reason that i want to switch is that i want to control my future.

My colleagues and I worked very hard. However, i find engineers contribute little to the success or failure of company.
in the past year, my department changed it name 5 times, laid off many employees, and froze salary. One of my colleagues were laid off less than one month after joined the company.

So i want to switch to general management. i want see the whole picture of business. On the one hand, i want to control my own future. On the other hand, i hope i can understand business and my strategy and decisions will help engineers who has similar problems like me.

Is this a decent career goal? some of my friends said this isn't so much a goal as a complaint.

Could i express my feelings like this in my career goal essays?
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Re: Career Goal Critique [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 08:25
I dont understand the point the of this question?
Are you asking us if you're goal is reasonable in the eyes of b schools?
YES
Are you asking us should you follow this as a life plan?
Thats up to you and only you

Ask yourself what friends are telling you not to express YOURE goal this way. Are they qualified to give out such advice?

The switch makes absolute sense and doesn't come across as complaining, how will you help engineers? that needs to be addressed.
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Re: Career Goal Critique [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 08:35
jordanhendrix wrote:
I dont understand the point the of this question?
Are you asking us if you're goal is reasonable in the eyes of b schools?
YES
Are you asking us should you follow this as a life plan?
Thats up to you and only you



I am asking whether it is reasonable in the eyes of b-school. Thank you for your answer.
I do need to address and elaborate the issue of helping engineers.
Thanks a lot, Jordan.
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Re: Career Goal question [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 08:52
first of all it does sound like a complaint and in a way you are sounding like you want to do GM to not get fired - i am pretty sure you know GMs can get fired too right? You can't control your future as a GM - most jobs are performance based and I suppose since you didnt get fired you did a good job performance wise.

You could say you want more responsibilities since you feel you are not given enough and making a bigger impact. that shows you are a go getter and want to advance.
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Re: Career Goal question [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 23:48
Yep, what Shaselai said.

Couch it in terms of being dissatisfied with your old role, but be specific as to HOW an MBA and the subsequent knowledge will address that dissatisfaction.

Best of luck with your applications!
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