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Maintaining Current Network and Activities During B-School [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 10:16
Currently I serve on the steering committee of my national trade group. I do a lot of stuff with these folks, including give trainings, provide TA to other organizations, attend conferences, etc.

I'm trying to decide how much I should stay involved in this stuff. On the one hand, I've built a good network and I want to maintain it -- I think it'll come in handy later as I'm planning to stay in largely the same field. On the other hand, I had seen b-school as a time to really immerse myself in something new.

What is more practical, in terms of my career, my time in school, building my resume? What will recruiters like?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 10:35
I think it depends on whether you want to make a major career change or just give some boost to your current career path.

Major career change --> the "old" network may still be useful, but time would probably be better invested in creating a new network better aligned with your chosen path.

Boost current path --> you'd better keep that network.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 10:40
What is the time commitment involved? I am going through something similar and originally I planned on quiting my extracuricular involvement. However, I decided to keep on doing it, parhaps putting in fewer hours, even though it is not business related. If it turns out that I just don't have time for it I'll quit but not until I try.

In your case, since it is related to your future career, I think it makes even more sense to keep it up (assuming time requirements are not too taxing). A long-term comitment to something looks very impressive on a resume.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 11:13
I agree with Econgirl, a long-term commitment will look good on a resume. I guess you'll have to gauge whether that "asset" on your resume is worth the time commitment.

Incidentally, what is a "trade group"?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 May 2007, 12:01
trade group -- you know -- national pork producers: The other white meat.

Got milk? National Dairy Association.

Only my trade group is for the community tax preparation field. We don't have a slogan.
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Gotcha.
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