I had a query regarding my profile, but also a new position...
University - Top 50, private, my major (International Relations) was rated in the top 5 nationally. 3.0 GPA, 3.5 major GPA
Master's - Top 5 UK university
Took a year off to go traveling and perfect my French (studied and received a certificate from the University of Paris
Internships - Top three Private Wealth Management firm, US House of Representatives, US Senate, the White House, and Scottish Parliament
WE 1 - UK Civil Service (1 year)
WE 2 - Niche energy consultancy (6 months, fixed contract)
WE 3 - Big 4 (Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG) Consultancy / Advisory focused in Oil & Gas, and Strategy (1 year)
My question is this, I know I want to stay / return to consultancy long term, however I have received a job offer, albeit at lower pay, from the government doing a job that I am quite interested in and would love to do.
Is it better to stay in my current role for another year or two and apply for an MBA or would I still be able to get into a top 17 or so MBA doing a couple years in this government role?
Are there any business schools that 1) Appreciate / find government WE attractive in applicants 2) Don't mind multiple roles prior to commencing the MBA?
What schools would you recommend to me?
Most top business schools "don't mind" multiple roles and don't have a problem with government work per se as long as you aren't all over the map.
While details perhaps would allow me to see a logical path to your professional career, this short post makes me feel like you have been all over the map and are not really committed to any one path.
The pay in your new job is not the sole determinant of its value from an MBA perspective. The level of responsibility you would hold is probably more important. I can't say with certainly that taking this position would ruin your chances at a top business school, but from an MBA admissions perspective I think your chances of acceptance would be enhanced by sticking to something in the business realm at this point as opposed to taking this position.
Perhaps, however, you really need to question whether you wouldn't prefer government work or a different career than consulting. If there are always these other things that you want to do, maybe you don't really want to be a consultant???
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