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Stick it out at current job until application submission? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2013, 10:52
Hello,

I'm a newbie here looking for advice/opinions (hopefully this is in the right forum!)

I currently work in a Global 100 law firm as a legal assistant in the IP/Patents field. Initially out of college I was looking to get some experience and then proceed to law school, (graduated with a BA, double majoring in Political Science and History) but after almost 6 years in the field, I decided that law school/the legal field just isn't my top choice (especially the uncertainty in the legal field at the moment.)

In my current job, there really isn't much room for advancement/promotions without further schooling (either a paralegal certificate or law school). In this case, I feel like I have hurt myself but not working in a field that does not have a business focus and in addition does not offer a traditional promotional track. In addition, I don't have any opportunities to directly manage anyone (at maximum I can become team leader for the patent assistants in my office.)

I will not be applying for B School yet (will likely be next year and starting GMAT studying soon) and I was wondering if it would be detrimental to leave my job now to work with family in real estate/loans, or for perhaps an entry level job in an area of business I'm interested in (particularly marketing), in addition to taking a few refresher business courses at a local community college/UC extension...or sticking it out in a dead end job for another year? Which looks worse?

I do not have concerns about still being able to receive recommendations from my current superiors at work - I consistantly receive good performance evaluations from them and I know they would be receptive to writing recs even if I left.

Any advice would be fantastic - thanks in advance!
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Re: Stick it out at current job until application submission? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2013, 11:12
If you have a better opportunity, why not leave?

As long as you have a good reason for why you're taking a new job, this shouldn't hurt your application chances (as long as the new job is deemed to be selective/competitive/challenging), and may even help if you can show career progression.

When I applied, I'd had three jobs in two years (though two were within the same firm but in completely different offices/fields). I also got a bit worried about explaining the transitions, but it didn't seem to be an issue. At the end of my Yale interview, my interviewer asked if there was anything else I thought he and the adcom should know. I used that time to explain my transitions and why an MBA right now was a good idea. I think he could sense my concern but seemed totally unphased, and was like, "Oh yeah of course. That's exactly what I thought and it completely makes sense."

So bottom line: take the new job, but be sure you can logically explain why you took it and how it plays into the bigger picture of "Why an MBA? Why Now?". And most important, don't worry about it too much! Lots of people who get apply to business school have multiple jobs in a relatively short period of time, and many of those people (myself included) get accepted somewhere.

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Re: Stick it out at current job until application submission? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2013, 11:56
Thank you! I really appreciate the insight.
I'll have to weigh if leaving my current position for working with family (only guaranteed option at the moment) and then subsequently searching for a more business-oriented job is worth it re: career progression/personal growth.
In the meantime, I think I will ask my manager if there is any way I can try to expand my role here at work (perhaps cross field if they let me - though sadly I doubt it).
However, it is good to hear that if a good job opportunity came up that it would not be a ding on my application if I left my job!
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