Joined: 17 Nov 2012
Concentration: General Management
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V36
GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V41
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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Help: MBA or new job (and then MBA)? [#permalink]
17 Nov 2012, 04:18
I would really welcome your view on my situation and profile.
I am a 27yo Southern European with BSc and MSc in social sciences, 1 year of experience in the international non-profit sector and 2y in B2B business intelligence (socio-economic, consumer analysis) in the UK.
I am stuck with my job at the moment and really looking for a career change, willing to move more into business and a more challenging role, ideally consulting. Hence, I recently decided to try my best to get into an MBA and started studying for the GMAT. Before coming up with this decision though I was applying for other jobs and now received an offer from a small but international management consultancy (ex BCGs led). Now my big question is: MBA or new job?
On the MBA side, I am really sure that is something I want to do and that I would truly enjoy, and that potentially could open me the doors to more high level jobs through on-campus recruiting.
On the job side…well is a new and more interesting job which I could start very soon. Besides, even if junior level would give more insight and knowledge on how businesses work, and I am sure I would learn a lot. My idea would be to spend a couple of years there and then maybe apply for an MBA. On the upside I would have more time to prepare well the GMAT and schools applications. On the downside, by time I would start an MBA I would be 30-31 (too old for a career change?) and I am not sure how my experience would be seen by Adcoms (jumping around jobs rather than clear career progression)?
Just to give you a full picture I am thinking more towards Euroepan schools (INSEAD, LBS, Oxbridge, HEC, ESADE….).
Thanks in advance for any kind of advice you can provide!