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Should I change jobs a few years before applying?

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Should I change jobs a few years before applying? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 06:48
I'm a recent grad working my first year as a chemical engineer for a small chemical company that isn't really a household name unless you're in the oil and gas or specialty chemical biz. Since it's a small company, I get to work on a lot of big projects and get good experience, but engineering is definately not my calling! I'm planning to apply to MBA programs in 3-4 years to try to get in to non-profit consulting. Would my chances of getting accepted at a top school (I'm especially interested in Kellogg!) be better off staying at my current job, or should I try to get a job at a consulting company or something more business related now?

More about me: 3.3 GPA in chemical engineering at a state school, white female, above average extracurriculars (volunteering, on national board for Society of Women Engineers in college, etc), and currently studying for the GMAT (planning to study til I can get a 720+).

Anyone have any advice on what I should do?
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Re: Should I change jobs a few years before applying? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 11:41
You sound a lot like me 1 year ago.

The best advice I got (and can give) is to do what YOU want to do. It's really that simple. Dont try to "position" yourself for MBA programs because the adcom will certainly ask you why you went from career A to career B (hint: the answer cannot be "to get into a top MBA program).

Do what aligns most with your goals-even if that means not joining McKinsey or Goldman because they're "feeders" in the top schools. Schools like accomplished, passionate people a lot more than a class of Yale educated investment bankers.

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Re: Should I change jobs a few years before applying? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 12:22
Thanks for your response and the advice! I've been wayyy overthinking applying to schools and had the mindset of making myself "the perfect candidate." But, like you said, I really need to just do what I really care about and the rest will fall in to place. I may have just needed someone to tell me that :)
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