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I quit! [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 14:18
The plan I've had for the longest time was to work at my current job up until about May/June of 2008, then go to b-school in the fall of the same year.

I was ok with my job up until recently. My responsibilities suddenly changed and there is a new sheriff in town - overall, I am no longer content here. I'm not sure I can take another YEAR of this.

The question is - would it look terrible on my b-school apps (I'm applying this year, hopefully round 1) if I changed jobs a year before school?? Any advice/warnings/suggestions??
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 14:46
If you plan on changing careers, you can look for something short-term that may be a good segue into your new career of choice, if thats not the case, you may be better off taking the pain. But also keep in mind the recommendation aspect of the app..It may not be good to burn bridges.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 15:48
I quit in Feb 2006 under similar circumstances - primarily, I couldn't study for the GMAT with my 16-18 hour a day work schedule. I decided to leave and it worked out. That said..... who knows what will happen to me when I get to recruiting and have to explain it.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 16:59
rhyme wrote:
...my 16-18 hour a day work schedule...


You wuss, what's 18 hours a day? There┬┤s always Red Bull ya know? And I'm sure you pansies even had Sunday evenings off... :lol:

Now seriously, what was that? IB? It it was MC, I know which job I won't be applying to.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2007, 00:14
ryhme did you quit for a new job? or quit work all together?
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2007, 06:32
lepium wrote:
rhyme wrote:
...my 16-18 hour a day work schedule...


You wuss, what's 18 hours a day? There┬┤s always Red Bull ya know? And I'm sure you pansies even had Sunday evenings off... :lol:

Now seriously, what was that? IB? It it was MC, I know which job I won't be applying to.


It was MC. It's not always that bad in MC, but this particular project sucked. I was staffed the first day I joined, and was on site on day 2. For the next eight months, I lived and breathed that project. It was an interesting project and interesting work, but the hours were brutal. Just brutal. I'd get up at 5.30 am, hit the road around 6am, be at the office by 7am, typically leave around 10pm, home around 10.30pm, eat something, check email for 30 minutes, then I'd be asleep within 10 minutes. If you count all the time I spent commuting and working, it was a 6am to 11pm job.

It sucked royally.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2007, 06:46
londonluddite wrote:
ryhme did you quit for a new job? or quit work all together?


Here's how the story plays out...

Late 2004, I'm self employed, I'm making money hand over fist.
December 2004, I loose my primary client due to a VP falling ill.
January 2005, I find myself virtually unemployed - very little coming in.
Feb 2005, My old client offers me a full time job. It's a big salary bump from my last full time job, so I take it.
March 2005, I start seriously thinking its time to get an MBA. I'd been thinking about for years, but while the money was good I didnt want to. Now, things looked more boring. I buy my first GMAT book and I bring it to work. I put in a few meaningless efforts - 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. A coworker starts doing the same but seems much more determined and motivated.
June 2005, I'm bored stiff with this full time job. No passion. I decide to go back to consulting.
August 2005, I find myself at this new firm staffed to my 16-18 hour a day job.

The next 8 months consist of little more than my working, gaining weight an taking up smoking again. MBA? GMAT? No time for that.

Fast forward to December/January 2006.

A friend calls me up "I got into Kellogg!"
His wife calls hours later "I got into Kellogg!"
Three days later, my old coworker who had been studying for the GMAT with me calls, "I got a 720!"
Two weeks later she calls "I got into Kellogg"

I'm feeling depressed and down about things at this point. I mean, here I am in Jan 2006, no GMAT under my belt, and nowhere nearer to my goal of getting an MBA. My friends and peers are done with the GMATs, applications and are even admitted. By the time I'd start studying for the GMAT, they'd be in school. I start thinking about leaving work. I'm concerned though - it's a hard sell, I'll have had 4 jobs in 6 years. It'll look like I cant stay put. The next day I asked my boss if I could take a Manhattan class one night a week at 7pm -- nothing major here -- juts one night a week. She says no.

A few nights go by and my father calls me up one night at 11pm and asks me if it snowed in Chicago. It dawns me on that I don't know. I worked in a basement of our clients offices non stop from 7am to 10pm that night. I never saw the sun or the weather. It might have snowed a bit, I had no idea. And thats when it hit me: It didn't matter whether or not it looked bad for me to leave the firm, I had no choice. I would never get an MBA working the hours I was. Six months later I'd just be asking myself the same questions.

I didn't have a job lined up. I simply quit, slept for two weeks and then started reading and preparing. Was it the best thing for my career? Probably not. Had I stayed at the consulting firm I'd have one less job on my resume. I'd probably have been promoted this year, but in the end I really had no choice. If I hadn't done it, I would never have made it to an MBA - and its very unlikely I would have made it to the GSB. I did land a job quickly - about a month later. Do I regret doing it? No.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2007, 07:14
I was in a similar situation last year around the summer. My team lead (who I was pretty good friends with) left for another team. Our group just sort of got absorbed by another group and this really bitter old guy from my group became the team lead.

I was so unhappy, but instead of quiting, I just started spending most of my time on GMAT & mba apps. I know most people don't have this luxury, but when my team got absorbed, the work load just disappeared and the new manager is overseas and doesn't have time to even wonder about what we are working on.

So kudos to upper management for organizing our team this way and thanks for paying me for the last 8 months to study for the GMAT and apply to business school. :lol:
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