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Will switching companies pre-MBA affect my candidacy

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Will switching companies pre-MBA affect my candidacy [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2013, 09:30
Hi everyone,

I would really appreciate some advice on an interesting situation I've found myself in. I wrote the GMAT in 2011 (710) after graduating from my undergrad and recently completed a 2 year rotational leadership development program at a global bank. I am currently working in the bank's Global Banking & Markets division for its Financial Institutions Group (Corporate Banking). My Managing Director left earlier this year to take an MD role at a bulge bracket investment bank, and has recently asked me if I would be interested in moving over to join her.

My GMAT is valid until April 2016, so I must apply to B-school before then. She knows about my MBA aspirations and while being in the role for only 2 years before leaving is on the shorter end of what she had in mind, she doesn't think it will be a big issue.

Some quick facts about the role she is offering:
- would be a 1-2 year early promotion from Analyst to Associate (Corporate banking)
- would involve about a 75% increase in base pay (potentially 100% increase including bonus)
- wider scope of roles/responsibilities (exposure to more sub-sectors and banking products/services)
- Opportunity to work for a great coach/leader and learn a lot
- Both firms are very international and well known, though my current employer is known more as a commercial/retail bank and the other is a bulge bracket investment bank with more 'prestige' in the industry.

- Will switching companies after just 2 years with my current employer reflect negatively on me for MBA applications?
- I don't want to burn bridges after my current employer just spent the last 2 years investing heavily in my development
- I have developed a strong reputation at my current firm and am well known by senior leadership. I also have two senior executive mentors who both support my MBA aspirations. If I move I would have to rebuild from scratch.

I'm happy with my current job and really like the team I'm working with. However, the offer is a great opportunity with significant benefits for my work experience and compensation.

So my question is: Should I take the job? How will this impact my MBA candidacy? Any advice is greatly appreciated.


GMAT: 710 (Q47 / V40)
GPA: 3.4 Overall, 4.09/4.33 (93%) in upper division courses
Work experience: Banking - 2.5 years. (5 years at matriculation)
Other: wide variety of volunteer/community involvement and play several sports.

Target schools:
- Berkeley
- Columbia
- Yale
- Cornell
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Re: Will switching companies pre-MBA affect my candidacy [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 01:49
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Well dude, the only thing I can say for sure, is that moving companies after two years for a better paid job with more responsibility in a better bank (bulge bracket) is NOT going to look bad. On the contrary. From an MBA perspective it'll probably look very very good.

As for the thing with your current employer, I can't really help you there, that's between you and your firm, and the people there, and you need to think that through.

But let's just say that from an admissions point of view it would be an excellent move.

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Re: Will switching companies pre-MBA affect my candidacy   [#permalink] 14 Oct 2013, 01:49
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