Only 6-8 months with each company won't look good, but if you explain the 'forward momentum' each move represented and how each rounded out your skills and followed your pre-MBA play book, then, assuming the rest of your app is strong, it won't be a deal-breaker. It also depends on how closely related the four companies were in terms of your position and industry. If they were all automotive companies that would dampen the 'job-hopping' onus somewhat. I hesitate to advise you to stay at a job you don't love just for the sake of a business school admissions offer that may not materialize, but there's no doubt moving to the fourth company would increase the likelihood that you will be perceived as a job-hopper (again noting that that label is not necessarily the kiss of death).
--Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School, www.paulsbodine.com/testimonials
I am hoping someone can give me some guidance on how many companies are to many companies before my MBA.
I work in the Automotive Industry and hold a degree in Economics and Applied Statistics. I was fortunate enough to work for a company between 2008-2011 that allowed me to forecast automotive sales and production, build vehicle life cycle models, and develop some basic skills which are unique to the automotive industry. However, since 2011 I have been recruited every 6-8 months by a new company for a bump in salary and title.
Currently, I am working for my third company, and am in the process of being recruited by a fourth. Are four job changes okay to schools like, HBS, Michigan, Virginia, Northwestern, and Duke, if every job change I have an increase in salary, and an increase in responsibility, or should I stay at my current position and wait until post MBA for my next job jump?
To give you some more background I am 27 years old, oversee consumer analytics and research for a Automotive Company, and graduated from the University of Michigan.
I look forward to everyone's help
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