Hi Mohit -
The answer to your question depends on what the experience at your father's firm will add to your application profile.
Here are some questions I would consider in your decision:
- Will you be gaining additional significant managerial experience that you do not currently have?
- Will you be gaining exposure to different areas of business that you do not currently have?
- Will you have mentors, beyond your father, who can help guide you and ensure you obtain experience that has depth?
- Will you be taking over this company from your father in the future, and it is important that you gain exposure to the day-to-day operations? If so, this may add a lot of value because you'll be able to reflect on your experiences within your father's company while you are completing your MBA.
- If you do make a shift, I would stay for two years. One year is not enough. Anything more than six years of experience will start to be too close to the "too much experience" category.
- If you are planning to return immediately to your father's firm upon graduation, this may be a positive in the admissions process because your post-MBA employment is already secured. Don't say this, though, if it is not true. If you want to gain experience elsewhere before returning home, be honest about this.
I hope this is helpful to you. Let me know if I can help you further.
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