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Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue

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Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 05:01
Hello All,

I'm presently based in Australia and work with an global engineering company. Recently, I've been offered the opportunity to pursue a secondment with our London office for a period of time.

Living and working in London is something I've always wanted to do and pushed for this in 2013 within my company. However, owing to uncertain market conditions, nothing came of it back then. A few weeks back, I was contacted asking whether I would still be interested.

The thing is that I will be applying for full time MBA this fall - I'm looking to pursue my MBA in the US.

So, I was wanting to get some advice on whether I should take up the offer knowing that I will be leaving in 2015.

It takes time to build relationships within your workplace and there's little chance that I can approach my future manager in London for a letter of recommendation 2-3 months after I've started working there.

Also, when I start preparing applications, I will not have much to talk about my project experience in London, although I may be able to leverage some pros about making the move.

Primarily, It's just the prospect of living and working in London for about a year appeals to me :)

Would it be better for me to stick it out until I finish up to start my MBA or make the (potential) move to London?

Hoping to get some thoughts on this from the forum members.

Thanks in advance for your help and input.
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You only live once -- if this is a personal goal... why wouldn't you pursue it? Secondly, can you not begin to source LOR's from people you are working with now?

Good luck in your decision making process!

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Re: Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 23:12
brianlange77 wrote:
You only live once -- if this is a personal goal... why wouldn't you pursue it? Secondly, can you not begin to source LOR's from people you are working with now?
Good luck in your decision making process!
-Brian


Thanks for the response Brian.

I will be able to source my LOR's from my superiors in Sydney but isn't it true that Adcom's prefer your current work supervisor as one of the recommenders?

Also, guess I'm generally concerned on how Adcom's will view this shorter term switch as it's primarily a personal decision. Will this have a negative impact on my applications?

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Re: Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2014, 01:43
*bump*

@brianlange77

What's your take Brian?

Any else got any feedback?

Expecting to hear particulars and be provided a formal offer by end of the week. Fingers crossed....

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Re: Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2014, 17:17
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brianlange77 wrote:
You only live once -- if this is a personal goal... why wouldn't you pursue it? Secondly, can you not begin to source LOR's from people you are working with now?
Good luck in your decision making process!
-Brian


Thanks for the response Brian.

I will be able to source my LOR's from my superiors in Sydney but isn't it true that Adcom's prefer your current work supervisor as one of the recommenders?

Also, guess I'm generally concerned on how Adcom's will view this shorter term switch as it's primarily a personal decision. Will this have a negative impact on my applications?

cheers


I think it's a preference, but I don't think that it is a show-stopper unto itself. Regarding the secondment -- people make personal decisions all the time. People make business decisions all the time. Sometimes people make decisions that involve both. Not to sound too 'cheesy', but it's all about how you explain, rationalize, and describe how you have learned from the decision-making process you went through.
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Re: Secondment at work - To pursue or not to pursue   [#permalink] 29 Mar 2014, 17:17
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