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Informing your employer of B-School [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 03:44
Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips/stories about informing your employer you are applying to B-school? I work for a pretty small company so it is not one of those things where I can leave temporarily and then slide back into my role (most likely anyway). Also, I can't work part time or do night school because I am working in the south and want to go to B-school in the northeastern US. Any help? Thanks!
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Re: Informing your employer of B-School [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 09:33
If you want to go back why don't you just tell them so? Or say something along the lines of "Mr. CEO, I love your company and enjoy working here...but I want to let you know that I want to take 2 years off to get smarter so that I can make you even more money when I come back to work for you."
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Re: Informing your employer of B-School [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2011, 05:16
What type of company is it? Does anyone within the company have an MBA? Do you plan or want to return after B-school? Do you need them to write you recommendations?

These questions would shape my decision regarding how to approach it.
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Re: Informing your employer of B-School [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 04:24
The issue you're facing is that you don't want them to hate you because you will need their references and blessings for b-school application reference letters. One way to to avoid the hate is definitely to tell them in good advance that you are leaving so they can find replacement and adjust to it, and as long as you do that and tell them straight up that you want to take the next step, they have no right to be upset. If they are a spiteful sort though don't tell them too early, maybe one or two months before you're leaving, but if they are then you have a bigger problem, and that is finding someone else to write your recommendation letters.
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