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Career Move - Management-Non Profit-MBA - Pls advise

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I am engineering graduate from a top ranking engineering college in India. I have worked 3 years with a tier-1 financial services company as a project manager. My job involves end to end delivery(from requirement analysis to implementation) of software requirements for enhancing the software application used by our organization in three countries across the globe.
I, now, intend to move on to another job with an NGO that is involved with reducing educational inequity. The job here would include teaching primary school students in low income schools and improving the performance of the school by getting higer attendance rates, lower dropouts, better pass percentages, etc.

I would try to enlist a couple of points for the specific experience that i am looking at over here -

a. Community Leadership - Community projects (such as convincing parents in order to get them vested in the process of education, organizing trainings for school teachers to guide them on different forms of pedagogy, etc.)
b. Academic Leadership - Managing a class of 30 students and taking them towards a common academic goal, taking the children from being taught through books to self-attainment of real knowledge by experimentation, reading,discussion & observation.
c. Interacting with Business Leaders & Corporates + Being a part of the masses
d. Interacting with other fellows/my peers

In addition to this experience, I am looking at taking up CFA during this period.

My goal is to take up management consultancy after pursuing my MBA from a top B-school. I have scored 700 on the GMAT.

Looking forward to your advise and opinion on this career move.

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New post 16 Mar 2009, 11:20
You're confusing me.

If you're looking to go into consulting, why are you planning on doing nonprofit full-time now? A cynical adcom may perceive it as a calculated move to "position one's self for b-school" rather than committing to the nonprofit because you believe in it. If you go this route, you better be able to show that this is something you believe in your heart of hearts.

Also, if you're doing nonprofit after switching from engineering, why are you looking to get an MBA as well, only to switch yet again into consulting? And then on top of that doing a CFA (which has nothing to do with any of your career aspirations - as it's something that is meant for investment management professionals).

I'm not trying to be accusatory here, but I hope you realize that if this is the path you intend to take, you have a LOT of explaining to do, or else you will come across as either confused, or shallow/calculated.
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