Hi Jimmy V,
I don't think you should worry too much about it. It is all about how to explain the situation, and explain what you've learned from the experience.
I think it shows initiative and drive to switch jobs, esp since that new job fit in with your post-MBA career goal.
It is understandable that sometimes bad things happen that are out of your control. You must have established a great reputation and maintained strong relationships at the i-bank to be able to go back. Focus on all these positive aspects when you tell your story.
I've been conducting alumni interviews for London Business School for the past ten years, and I would never view someone negatively for trying something new and not have it worked out. I would be interested in knowing what they've learned about themselves, environments needed for them to do their best work, what they've learned about their strengths and career interests, etc.
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How do b-school admissions view work experience that includes returning to a previous employer prior to getting an MBA?
For example, I worked nearly 2 years for a top I-bank and then left to take a position in corporate development for a very well-known tech/media/telecom company (which is what I want to do post-MBA as well). Unfortunately I walked into a situation that quickly became very disappointing based on factors out of my control (without going into detail), so six months later I returned to the same I-bank. After a few years back in banking, I plan to attend business school, but I am concerned that this career discontinuity may be viewed negatively by admissions. I feel that the rest of my profile makes me competitive at most top schools, but this seems to be the one glaring issue. Is this a valid concern or something that I shouldn't be worried about?
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