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I desperately want to leave my job. I've been disliking it for the past year, but decided to bite the bullet anyway.
But now it has gotten to the point where it's unbearable. I spend most of my days being bitter, and on the weekends, I dread the upcoming workweek. This CANNOT be healthy.
I do not have any acceptances yet (well 1, but I'm aiming for something better). My ideal plan was to quit around May or June, take 3 months off, and then go to school in the fall. But obviously, this plan is now up in the air.
I am on the waitlist for 2 schools, and haven't heard back from 2 others. Would it look horrible if I quit my job now? Of course I wouldn't be a couch potato - I'm considering volunteering abroad in Thailand with a friend.
So what would you do in my situation? Quit now and save your sanity? Or just suck it up again and stay?
Quitting while on the WL will make it a tougher hill to climb. I think you should suck it up for a few more and then see where things stand.
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rampup82, sorry to hear about your situation. i'm hoping you'll be able get in at both schools.
i did want to ask the others here, why you even need to tell the adcoms about leaving your job. if you're coming off of the waitlist, that's going to happen whether you stay in your job or you don't. why couldn't you simply tell the schools that you are taking some time off to go to Thailand and work with your friend - and that's it.
if you're that miserable at work, i (and admittedly i have limited experience with this) see no tangible benefit in sticking it out for another 3 months to wait and see whether you are able to secure a spot off the waitlist.
edited: I deleted the school names in my reply since you didn't disclose them in your original post.
hey thanks for the support everyone. i talk to my friends about this stuff sometimes, but it's much more comforting to talk to people who have been or are going through the same emotions. so, thanks for being my soapbox.
i'm kinda wondering the same thing as solaris1 though. for the two schools i haven't heard back from, i can understand why i should wait out another few months. but for the schools i'm WL at, why would it matter? their decision to pull me off the WL is dependent on what new information I decide to provide them, right? for all they know, i'm still at my job.
I don't think the issue should be whether the school you're WL at will find out that you quit, but just in case you don't get into any school at all. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter.
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just kidding. I am on the same boat as you. you have an admit already, if you hate it so much and don't need the money, just quit and go do thailand, it might actually look good if you're doing community service. For me unfortunately i don't have an admit yet, and i need the money...so i have to stick it out for a few more months...as soon as I get an admit i'm gone.
this is kind of a tangent, but i was wondering how you guys are thinking about background checks.
if admitted, i also want to quit my job and either study + travel or do an internship before b-school. i have nightmares though about quitting my job and then having some hiccup in the background check. i was honest in my application, but some of the data was hard to find so i estimated and noted it in the optional essay. basically, i am wondering how harsh the schools are in their checks (i am paranoid!!). what if you quit your job and then have your offer rescinded? ouch.
Re: What Would You Do?
24 Jan 2008, 07:58