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Wrecked by the Rec's!!

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Joined: 11 Jul 2010
Posts: 53
Schools: In: Emory, USC, Georgetown Out: Harvard, Wharton, Yale, UCLA WL: Kellogg
WE 1: Manager @ Fortune 100
WE 2: Manager @ World Famous Hotel
WE 3: Division Leader @ Real Estate Firm
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Wrecked by the Rec's!! [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 09:23
I have a dilmena.

As of today, I technically have only 1 recommender, which of course, for most schools, won't cut it.

The second person I asked to be my recommender is my current boss (the EVP of our company, somebody who promoted me and whom I work with daily). I had asked him several months back, and he gladly accepted.

The problem?

At the time, I was thinking of applying to part time programs (NYU and Columbia) which would allow me to continue working at my current company. I've had a change of heart, however, and am applying strictly to full time programs. As my wife is also applying to PhD programs, our schools were carefully selected to ensure maximum insurance for both of us to get into schools in the same locaiton.

None are in a location I can travel to from my current office.

What do I do? I don't want to get fired, but feel my application is MUCH stronger with my EVP's rec than if I went to somebody from my past.

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Re: Wrecked by the Rec's!! [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2010, 15:44
You just ask him. I feared the same thing, and it turned out my manager was really enthusiastic about helping me in my career. It was almost as if he was "paying me back" for being a good employee under him (i.e. if you make your boss look good, he'll want to do the same for you).

That said, given that you already asked him for a recommendation about part time programs, you'll have to sit him down and actually explain to him the rationale behind why you want a full-time MBA. As long as your reason isn't that you want to desperately leave your job, then I think he'll be fine with it. Just explain to him that you only get to do this once, and you want to do it right by going to a full time program for XYZ reasons.

You already mentioned that your wife is getting a PhD which could be anywhere. Maybe mention that you want to stay with her, and this would help you do that. Good luck.
Re: Wrecked by the Rec's!!   [#permalink] 22 Oct 2010, 15:44
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