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My Pre-MBA job experience spans over 4 years and 4 companies, and below is the stay and the reasons for leaving. Will it impact adversely when business schools consider my profile?

Company 1 (MNC, 8 months) ----[Top performer; No opportunity to learn faster; poor quality projects]---> Company 2 (Start up, 9 months) --- [an offer with greater responsibilities; client facing, leading projects/products]---> Company 3 (start up, 1 year) --- [industry slow down, shrinking opportunities] ---> Company 4 (MNC, leading projects, client facing, 1 year at the time of applying to the BSchool).
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My Pre-MBA job experience spans over 4 years and 4 companies, and below is the stay and the reasons for leaving. Will it impact adversely when business schools consider my profile?

Company 1 (MNC, 8 months) ----[Top performer; No opportunity to learn faster; poor quality projects]---> Company 2 (Start up, 9 months) --- [an offer with greater responsibilities; client facing, leading projects/products]---> Company 3 (start up, 1 year) --- [industry slow down, shrinking opportunities] ---> Company 4 (MNC, leading projects, client facing, 1 year at the time of applying to the BSchool).


Consider hanging around in the current MNC for a couple of years before applying. Other than helping you build up your resume in terms of responsibilities and achievements, this move will also help you gain career progression, which would have been difficult if were switching companies every year.
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My Pre-MBA job experience spans over 4 years and 4 companies, and below is the stay and the reasons for leaving. Will it impact adversely when business schools consider my profile?
hi Spon! You are wise to think about this- but in the end it is what it is- and you should focus on the positives. It is not "ideal" to have 4 jobs in 4 years- but it is also not impossible to get into B school with such a profile. First off, lose the finger pointing. No blame in why you changed jobs- so for example in company 1- don't say poor quality projects- say that you were enticed by Copany 2 and the entrepreneurial nature there- you were young- took risks... Then found or was recruited to go to company 3 and that had an industry slow down so you are now at company 4. And the best way to counter all of this is to knock the socks off the GMAT and have a strong GPA. All these things play a part. And if you can tell your 4 company story in a way that shows how it all has prepared you for your post MBA role- then it can work. You could most likely benefit from having some coaching on this- and if you want to see how our firm could help- go to this link: http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/ ... b-visitor/
Best wishes as you prepare for applications! Hope to hear from you!

Company 1 (MNC, 8 months) ----[Top performer; No opportunity to learn faster; poor quality projects]---> Company 2 (Start up, 9 months) --- [an offer with greater responsibilities; client facing, leading projects/products]---> Company 3 (start up, 1 year) --- [industry slow down, shrinking opportunities] ---> Company 4 (MNC, leading projects, client facing, 1 year at the time of applying to the BSchool).

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I agree...you will come across as a bit of a job hopper and more importantly it is hard to show material career progression with such limited time at one stop. I would hang around your current job for a few years where you have enough time to materially drive results and make an impact
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Spon wrote:
Hi,

My Pre-MBA job experience spans over 4 years and 4 companies, and below is the stay and the reasons for leaving. Will it impact adversely when business schools consider my profile?

Company 1 (MNC, 8 months) ----[Top performer; No opportunity to learn faster; poor quality projects]---> Company 2 (Start up, 9 months) --- [an offer with greater responsibilities; client facing, leading projects/products]---> Company 3 (start up, 1 year) --- [industry slow down, shrinking opportunities] ---> Company 4 (MNC, leading projects, client facing, 1 year at the time of applying to the BSchool).


While it will be important to build up a track record at work before submitting apps, coming from the startup world is a little easier to explain so it isn't the end of the world. If you show 2-3 years at your current role and then have a good reason for the transitions along the way, you can show learning and growth which is a lot of what admissions committees are looking for.

In the meantime start to build up a strong and consistent extra-curricular profile so that will be a strength in your application.

Good luck!

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