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# When is it time to leave work?

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10 Apr 2008, 19:34
I'd probably just go ahead and move it up. You MIGHT need references post MBA though, I was asked for some for some internships.
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13 Apr 2008, 03:34
3underscore wrote:
By the time I begin b-school this September, I will have been out of work for 1 year.

The UK isn't all that imo. You pay a high price for horrible food, not so great quality of life, and unfriendly people.

And the winner of the award for classic stereotyping and typecasting goes to...

Come on - even if this is how you see things, maybe you could take the point of not knowing where to go. And obviously your cheery outlook on things really would have helped in winning people over. I find a lot of things strange about my host country, but you have to take an outlook of seeking what you are doing wrong to improve things as you are, as the US kindly phrases it, an alien.

I'm sorry you didn't pick up on the sarcasm in my original post referencing the UK!

But, the food is definitely horrible and overpriced compared to other European countries.

I don't live in the UK, but I've spent enough time there to reach the conclusion that I would not take my family to live there permanently. There are very beautiful areas of the UK where we would love to live, but we would prefer staying here in Germany or going to Switzerland. We like mountains and snow, so it's more convenient to live right in or next to the Alps.
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16 Apr 2008, 06:00

I can hardly raise you on the joy of being near the alps or schwarzwald area, it is pretty special. The thing with the UK is when you are earning and expending in sterling, it isn't that expensive, and the restaurants in London (at least) are second to none if you know where to go.

I can completely understand that to the uninitiated there a food disasters out there, but you just learn to avoid them.
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16 Apr 2008, 06:43
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I just wrote an entire fired-up response, than hit backspace, which backed my browser up one window, subsequently losing my entire post. FOTRUNATLEY, I am in your position, and have nothing better to do with my time in the office than to re-type the damn thing!

SO - As mentioned, I am in your similar boat (I'm not married and don't own a home, this becomes relevant)

Too often, we find ourselves so concerned with finding the best/highest paid/most hours job we can. Unfortunately, I see this concept exemplified with MBA students! You are in a unique position, you have been accepted to an obligation (be it work or school) with a significant prior notice. Essentially, you can do whatever you want this summer, and you will be in the same role this fall - act on it!

By your description of your current job, you have little to no gratification (sounds like my job!) So get the hell out of there!

Is there anything you have really wanted to do? Anything crazy? Go hitchhike across the country (ok, at your own risk, and with your wife's approval), write a book, learn to cook, learn a language, travel to some foreign land, put some time into your business idea, train for something, do some gratifying volunteer work. During that job interview after your MBA graduation, what do you think a potential employer would rather hear about, how you stuck it out at your shitty job, or did something truly unique/risky/inspiring? I wouldn't want to work for a company who values the prior more than the latter...

My plan:

Libtery Day (Last day): May 2nd
Move to school (UC - Boulder): Mid Julyish
Classes: Mid August

May 4th: Using 35,000 air miles (thanks current employer!), fly roundtrip to Lima, Peru. Meet up with my girlfriend in La Paz, Bolivia (she'll be working for Engineers Without Borders, helping develop a wastewater treatment facility - she rocks ). Over the next 18 days, I plan to bike down the "death road", climb Huayana Potosi (19,900 feet), hike around Machu Pichu, and explore some seriously different and rich cultures.

June-July, train for some Tri's, bike across Michigan, do the things I've always wanted to do.

When I'm old and gray, will I regret these decisions? I can't imagine so. Many of my friends and co-workers think I'm crazy, but crazy is sticking with an unsatisfying job when you don't have to.

Live NOW, you'll make money later (you're going to have an MBA right!?)

Reason,

J

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16 Apr 2008, 07:02
Good post jwiner ,

I visited London Business School last month and as some of you know, their MBA programme is fexible when it comes to length (either 15,18 or 21 months). A group of students took the 15 month option and got out of school early to climb Mt Everst before they took up their jobs. you can read about it here. I was inspired!!

http://www.everest2007.net/
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16 Apr 2008, 07:19
Good post jwiner ,

I visited London Business School last month and as some of you know, their MBA programme is fexible when it comes to length (either 15,18 or 21 months). A group of students took the 15 month option and got out of school early to climb Mt Everst before they took up their jobs. you can read about it here. I was inspired!!

http://www.everest2007.net/

Thanks... That is freakin' awesome!
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16 Apr 2008, 08:15
Is it alright to just take the summer off and play golf, drink margaritas, and hang out at the beach? Or do I have to come up with an earth shattering plan?
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16 Apr 2008, 08:48
Good call jwiner. kudos!
Currently the plan is to learn chinese this summer, hopefully with a trip there in august to cap things off. Today is my one year anniversary here (read: the options that will vest just did - worthless as they may be). I will only be in the office for about 50% of the time for the next 3 weeks. After that, I'll decide what to do with my next 4 weeks (a.k.a. the month of may). If nothing comes up and it is decent I may hang out and surf the web for $$. Otherwise I'll cut it short. As for that "description of my job" I mentioned - the closest I could come was my fake job posting - what they SHOULD have advertised for: http://gmatclub.com/forum/p454563#p454563:-D Cheers Manager Joined: 09 Nov 2007 Posts: 51 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 0 Re: When is it time to leave work? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Apr 2008, 09:43 terp06 wrote: Is it alright to just take the summer off and play golf, drink margaritas, and hang out at the beach? Or do I have to come up with an earth shattering plan? HAHA! Don't get me wrong, there will be a lot of that too! I probably made myself sound WAY more ambitious then I actually am. All that really matters is that my view changes from this: Yeah. I took that sitting at my desk. My view encompasses a garbage can and the mail room. Doesn't exactly satisfy my adventerous cravings. (did that picture work? Doesn't work in my preview...) westsider wrote: Good call jwiner. kudos! Currently the plan is to learn chinese this summer, hopefully with a trip there in august to cap things off. Today is my one year anniversary here (read: the options that will vest just did - worthless as they may be). I will only be in the office for about 50% of the time for the next 3 weeks. After that, I'll decide what to do with my next 4 weeks (a.k.a. the month of may). If nothing comes up and it is decent I may hang out and surf the web for$$$. Otherwise I'll cut it short. As for that "description of my job" I mentioned - the closest I could come was my fake job posting - what they SHOULD have advertised for: http://gmatclub.com/forum/p454563#p454563:-D Cheers Learning chinese - great!! Yeah, my "vestedness" was way overrated! Surf the web for$, I think I got that email too...

"Job Description" - HILARIOUS! My boss wants me to put a packet together to help my replacement "learn the ropes", I should follow your guidlines!
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29 May 2008, 13:38
The right time to leave work? TOMORROW!!! Oh god does it EVER feel good =)
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29 May 2008, 14:06
Congrats westsider! So sad I wont be reading anymore about 10c sodas and vending machines with minds of their own.

westsider wrote:
The right time to leave work? TOMORROW!!! Oh god does it EVER feel good =)
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29 May 2008, 15:03
I wont be leaving until the end of july
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