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need help! [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 15:04
Ok, so I wrote a similar topic before but that was when this was a hypothetical situation..

I ultimately want to pursue a phd in organizational behavior but am taking a couple years off before graduate school and working. I currently have two job offers for the upcoming year:

one is a RA/lab coordinator job at a top university in a field related to what I would be interested in (but not quite) and has opportunities for publication;

the other is a research associate job at a company that does i/o psychology research and consulting for many different companies (including very well-known ones)

In terms of admissions for phd programs, which one would be more helpful? I need to get back to them quickly and I am completely torn. A couple other factors (which are less important) are that the one at the university would require me to relocate halfway across the country and also that it would pay less (but again, these are less important factors since this is more for the experience).

Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance for any help!
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2007, 16:40
For the purpose of PhD admission, take the university job. It gives you an opportunity to get a strong recommendation from a faculty (read http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=42808).

If you have sufficient space in your SOP, you can describe how you turn down an offer for a "research associate job at a company that does i/o psychology research" for the one at the university because you are really passionate about academic research.

Note: I have nothing against working in the industry. I myself worked for 6 years in the industry and value the experience. Actually, for OB, a little working experience may be good and useful. However, if you are very focus on getting a PhD, it is best to stick closely to anything academic & research.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2007, 13:02
Thanks tkkoh! The recommendation would definitely help as my 3rd letter and of course, the connections I make with faculty there could also be valuable in the future. I think I will take your advice and go with the university research job.
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