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Job Change Before Application - Is it unconditionally bad? [#permalink]
18 Sep 2005, 09:17
I have a question about job changes. I have been with my current employer for 3 years, and I am planning to apply for MBA either round 1 or round 2 this year. However, a job opportunity just came up and I am considering taking it. Is switching jobs 1-3 months before applications unconditionally bad for the top 15 schools (meaning I shouldn't even bother applying this year anymore) or is it ok if I can explain how this new job can benefit me? Thanks!
No, it's definitely not unconditionally bad. But, you'll need to answer these questions convincingly: 1) Why are you switching?... 2) Why now?... 3) If the new opportunity is so great, are you sure that you want to go to school now?... 4) if you do get into b-shcool and decide to go next fall, how much will you really get out of the new job for 8-10 months?
I have a special situation. I was just laid off from my engineering job and am planning on submitting my applications for Round 2. What if I get a new job outside of engineering after I've already submitted my applications? Do I need to tell the schools?
No, I don't think you need to tell the schools. If you think it will help make your application stronger, then go ahead and tell them. Otherwise, no need to draw any more attention to the news of your layoff.
They don't all do background checks. But if you're very worried about it, then send a letter explainin gwhat happened AND telling them what you're now doing with your spare time. This latter part is even more important, because you don't want to just sound like a victim!