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"Admitted! I Can't Wait till I Can Quit My Job" Syndrome

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If anything, now is the time to show your leadership skills/potential and get perhaps a bit more risky in terms of decision making and responsibility. A good friend of mine was on a verge of being removed from one of the projects he was working on, so he stopped caring and was no longer concerned about staying and started making decisions instead of involving his boss every time, using his own judgement.

I'm at this point pretty much. Even though I haven't officially announced it, I'm going to be working at my job for another 2.5 months before I leave for school. I stopped cc'ing my boss on all the work I do; I made a lot more industry contacts at a recent conference I went to; I've basically been taking more initiative since I have less to lose now. It's an odd feeling but I'm enjoying it :)

Getting married in late May and taking a long honeymoon is going to be a great start to my MBA experience!


Not CC'ing co-workers and bosses is horrid! Especially since you're leaving, it's imperative that others can pick up where you left off. If you keep everything to yourself, you're doing a poor job at transitioning your work.

Congrats on the engagement


That's a very undeserved critical statement considering you don't understand everything about my work and how I plan on transitioning. I never said I stopped cc'ing coworkers. I simply stopped being micro-managed by my manager. Also, my team has prepared a well defined work transition.

However, I do understand why you could be concerned.
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Any thoughts? Anyone else trying to figure out when to give notice?


I went ahead and told my direct boss as soon as I found out. Then we decided to wait a month before telling his boss. In the mean time, I have been training my replacement and with 3 weeks to go, I've asked management to keep the info on the DL as I would love to avoid the 20 questions and gossip around the office. I was open about the fact I was applying and it created a bunch of mild drama within the office that I never would have expected.
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New post 31 Mar 2011, 19:44
Oh and 1 more thing. I bought my plane tix to visit France (and finally take my French to the next level!) and Latin America to see the fam. Here's to a summer of traveling and fun!
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nink made some excellent points.

One thing I would add is about the social life in b-school.

As you may or may not know, "networking" is just another formal way of saying "making friends". Some are going to end up being close friends (even to the point where you may even be brothers from different mothers), some just merely friendly acquaintances.

However, what you want to just be aware of is how the social dynamic evolves over the course of 2 years.

I can't speak for every person who went to b-school, but at least in my own experience as well as others (both friends and past clients), is this:

In the first few months of school, it will feel like HIGH SCHOOL. Yes. High school. Not even college. After these few months (the first thanksgiving is usually the turning point), people do mellow out a bit, and there's far less posturing.

Everyone is insecure when they come into a new environment. Some students may know a handful of folks beforehand (i.e. went to the same college, worked in the same firm), but even then, few if any are really friends.

So just about everyone comes in with no real friends in the school.

And for some reason, it makes the group as a whole regress back to high school. We all get insecure, and we all want to be liked, and we all feel a bit nervous about "what if I don't make any friends?" or "I really want to establish my reputation" blah blah blah. Some may even inadvertently project their desire to be "that popular gal/guy" or the "man on campus" -- something they never really were in college or high school. Or trying to live up to some image of what a popular person should be, or trying to relive college days they never had.

Just know that EVERYONE, all your classmates, are feeling the same way you do in the first few months, no matter how much "posturing" some folks may do to overcompensate.

You'll probably even see some folks who try a bit too hard to be "that guy who everyone likes" or the "party central dude" or whatever. Or the guy who talks up a great game (whether they do it in a subtle or overt way) about their sexual conquests, name dropping as a way to show that they know important people, trying too hard to project that they're more outgoing than they really are, or even trying a bit tooooo hard to come across as more relaxed and chill than they really are.

But just know that it's all posturing. And you may even do it from time to time at a dinner party, drinking event, etc. Everyone is a bit insecure, and because it's been a while since you were "new" to a school (i.e. freshman year in college), for many of you, this will be the first time in a long time where you've been in an environment with a bunch of people roughly your age (because at work, you were likely one of a handful of youngins in a sea of old folks). As such, it's easy to even inadvertently assume that there's going to be a social pecking order (just like high school) and it's important to establish your social standing right away.

While there likely will be a lot of posturing (i.e. "look at me! I'm such a party hard dude!" or "I'm going to be that guy who has 500 of his closest friends from b-school over for a house party!") in an effort to outdo others in their extroversion, that will go away. People calm down. Most of us will eventually realize that no one in school really cares about that anyway, even if the initial insecurity of not knowing anyone may make one do some foolish things to get others to like them.

So long as you're normal and well adjusted, you WILL make friends. You WILL have a great time, without having to try sooooo hard to "network". So long as you're helpful to people without being overbearing, and you go to some social events (don't feel you need to go to EVERY one), you will do just fine. You may not make friends in the first few months, but a lot of people will be in the same boat, wondering where they should go on the weekends, who to socialize with, etc. Find a way to overcome that insecurity and just be yourself -- and you will find your place within the school with friends you love hanging out with.

Eventually, the people you really like will be your friends, and the people you don't like you won't have to really deal with them outside of academics.

And finally, don't take yourself too seriously. If you have a sense of humor about yourself, you'll likely get less stressed out in school, and you'll be able to also laugh at some of the absurdities and neurosis of some of your fellow classmates...


So true...had to find and re-read this just to make sure I wasn't going crazy! Thanks!
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New post 25 Nov 2014, 08:11
I have a quick question for you 'Nink', maybe you can help me since I've not been able to find this issue on the forum

Is there any issue if you quit working after receiving the admission decision? I plan to work until Jan 4th and my decisions will come on the week of Dec 15th. I already know that if I'm dinged by both school I'll be heading to CBS, but I was wondering it there would be an issue when the guys from the BG check call and HR tells them that I no longer work there because I left in Jan 4th. (I'll try to do the BG check as quick as possible after admission but these guys take their time). The reason I'm leaving soon is b/c I want to start a Pre-MBA internship asap.

Thanks for the thoughts,
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resurrecting this to find out, if there is anyone else that
CAN NOT WAIT to quit.

I don't love my current position and since i want to switch industries, function and location, not super concerned about them.... i'm looking at all the pre-mba internships and hoping to land a couple... just going to be hard with not a ton of savings!
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New post 17 Feb 2015, 08:11
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resurrecting this to find out, if there is anyone else that
CAN NOT WAIT to quit.

I don't love my current position and since i want to switch industries, function and location, not super concerned about them.... i'm looking at all the pre-mba internships and hoping to land a couple... just going to be hard with not a ton of savings!


Definitely finding it difficult to concentrate now. Senioritis is hitting me pretty hard, but nink brought up a good point. You never know when you run into people again. I always try to leave on the best terms.

Doing the same with pre-mba internships and looking at my financing options/budgeting. If I don't end up with a pre-MBA internship though, I've got a plan to visit a few friends I haven't seen in a while. So not the end all be all.
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New post 17 Feb 2015, 08:38
Ha, it'll be easier to keep good relationships if i quit early before i become a serious slacker. My field has a lot of turnover, so quitting won't be a bridge burner.... right now, it's trying to figure out WHEN to quit. best case scenario - i get into NYU and they ask me to do summer start.... Then i can quit end of april! Hvae you decided what school yet? and when do you plan on quitting?
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resurrecting this to find out, if there is anyone else that
CAN NOT WAIT to quit.

I don't love my current position and since i want to switch industries, function and location, not super concerned about them.... i'm looking at all the pre-mba internships and hoping to land a couple... just going to be hard with not a ton of savings!


Definitely finding it difficult to concentrate now. Senioritis is hitting me pretty hard, but nink brought up a good point. You never know when you run into people again. I always try to leave on the best terms.

Doing the same with pre-mba internships and looking at my financing options/budgeting. If I don't end up with a pre-MBA internship though, I've got a plan to visit a few friends I haven't seen in a while. So not the end all be all.
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New post 17 Feb 2015, 08:51
Well, I've already notified my boss about my end date (end of June) and so 6 months notice should give him enough time to find my replacement. Although I have a lot of large projects that I need to finish before then...

I figured I'd give myself July to either do a short pre-MBA internship or go on a trip to visit various friends across the country before I start.

I just hope I have enough saved up before I start to go on some awesome MBA excursions!

April would be awesome, but I need to earn some more money and save up some more beforehand. I already know I'm gonna burn through all of my savings...
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I have a quick question for you 'Nink', maybe you can help me since I've not been able to find this issue on the forum

Is there any issue if you quit working after receiving the admission decision? I plan to work until Jan 4th and my decisions will come on the week of Dec 15th. I already know that if I'm dinged by both school I'll be heading to CBS, but I was wondering it there would be an issue when the guys from the BG check call and HR tells them that I no longer work there because I left in Jan 4th. (I'll try to do the BG check as quick as possible after admission but these guys take their time). The reason I'm leaving soon is b/c I want to start a Pre-MBA internship asap.

Thanks for the thoughts,
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