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Freelancing vs Full-Time Job (but Subordinate role)

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Got laid off last month when my company radically switched business models. Applying R3 in a few weeks. I screwed up my unemployment by not declaring my severance (wasn't sure if I was getting it) and will likely lose it, so now need to find some income fast. In this weird spot where I can't get a job in what I was doing quickly, and would need time to build up my UpWork and get reliable freelance work. Getting a lot of interviews for my work, but it's all a crapshoot with very long and thorough processes. Still working for my old job but as a very limited freelancer.

However, I can get work probably very quickly if I downgraded my role to a subordinate level. I know though that any downgrade is really bad as a MBA candidate, especially already having career progression and having a poor GPA.

In terms of what B-schools mind least for a candidate, what do you guys recommend: freelance for now even if I get less income in the short-term so I can keep my title and consult, or get the ASAP subordinate job through an agency? If I did the latter, how bad would it hurt me getting into an T-40 MBA program like Kelley? Thanks!



PS: I know I have another thread asking about whether I should even consider keeping trying the GMAT and maybe even giving up on the MBA dream altogether. Might decide to do either, but I also have another decision I need to make soon. Lots of last minute audibling now but that's life.

PPS: I don't think waiting another year to be a more desirable candidate by being employed is a valid goal, even if that's conventional advice. What's to say I won't get laid off my next role? Or I work for a dysfunctional company? Or they don't let me go when asking for MBA recommendations (like my job before my last)? There's never going to be a good time if I'm looking for all the stars to align. It's a valid mindset when you're working for a F500 company with stability and actually believe in personal growth, but when you're stuck working for mid-size to small companies and F500 is unobtainable, every job is a crapshoot no matter how good you are...
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Got laid off last month when my company radically switched business models. Applying R3 in a few weeks. I screwed up my unemployment by not declaring my severance (wasn't sure if I was getting it) and will likely lose it, so now need to find some income fast. In this weird spot where I can't get a job in what I was doing quickly, and would need time to build up my UpWork and get reliable freelance work. Getting a lot of interviews for my work, but it's all a crapshoot with very long and thorough processes. Still working for my old job but as a very limited freelancer.

However, I can get work probably very quickly if I downgraded my role to a subordinate level. I know though that any downgrade is really bad as a MBA candidate, especially already having career progression and having a poor GPA.

In terms of what B-schools mind least for a candidate, what do you guys recommend: freelance for now even if I get less income in the short-term so I can keep my title and consult, or get the ASAP subordinate job through an agency? If I did the latter, how bad would it hurt me getting into an T-40 MBA program like Kelley? Thanks!



PS: I know I have another thread asking about whether I should even consider keeping trying the GMAT and maybe even giving up on the MBA dream altogether. Might decide to do either, but I also have another decision I need to make soon. Lots of last minute audibling now but that's life.

PPS: I don't think waiting another year to be a more desirable candidate by being employed is a valid goal, even if that's conventional advice. What's to say I won't get laid off my next role? Or I work for a dysfunctional company? Or they don't let me go when asking for MBA recommendations (like my job before my last)? There's never going to be a good time if I'm looking for all the stars to align. It's a valid mindset when you're working for a F500 company with stability and actually believe in personal growth, but when you're stuck working for mid-size to small companies and F500 is unobtainable, every job is a crapshoot no matter how good you are...


I really would need a lot of more information about the company in question, about you etc. in order to figure out what the best course of action for you. There are just too many question marks at the moment. Is there any chance you fill out the Contact Us form on our website (https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/) so one of our representatives could contact you for a chat?
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greatmightypoo wrote:
Got laid off last month when my company radically switched business models. Applying R3 in a few weeks. I screwed up my unemployment by not declaring my severance (wasn't sure if I was getting it) and will likely lose it, so now need to find some income fast. In this weird spot where I can't get a job in what I was doing quickly, and would need time to build up my UpWork and get reliable freelance work. Getting a lot of interviews for my work, but it's all a crapshoot with very long and thorough processes. Still working for my old job but as a very limited freelancer.

However, I can get work probably very quickly if I downgraded my role to a subordinate level. I know though that any downgrade is really bad as a MBA candidate, especially already having career progression and having a poor GPA.

In terms of what B-schools mind least for a candidate, what do you guys recommend: freelance for now even if I get less income in the short-term so I can keep my title and consult, or get the ASAP subordinate job through an agency? If I did the latter, how bad would it hurt me getting into an T-40 MBA program like Kelley? Thanks!



PS: I know I have another thread asking about whether I should even consider keeping trying the GMAT and maybe even giving up on the MBA dream altogether. Might decide to do either, but I also have another decision I need to make soon. Lots of last minute audibling now but that's life.

PPS: I don't think waiting another year to be a more desirable candidate by being employed is a valid goal, even if that's conventional advice. What's to say I won't get laid off my next role? Or I work for a dysfunctional company? Or they don't let me go when asking for MBA recommendations (like my job before my last)? There's never going to be a good time if I'm looking for all the stars to align. It's a valid mindset when you're working for a F500 company with stability and actually believe in personal growth, but when you're stuck working for mid-size to small companies and F500 is unobtainable, every job is a crapshoot no matter how good you are...


I really would need a lot of more information about the company in question, about you etc. in order to figure out what the best course of action for you. There are just too many question marks at the moment. Is there any chance you fill out the Contact Us form on our website (https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/) so one of our representatives could contact you for a chat?

TBH I don't really have money for consulting. Unemployment has been a pita and I gotta pay rent. Hope you understand...
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New post 11 Feb 2018, 20:30
Your first priority is to be able to pay your bills. Before you can worry about getting into b-school you need to make sure you can financially survive. So I would proceed in the fashion that best allows you to do that. There are instances at many companies where titles mean different things at different companies so the career progression may not be as overt as it may seem.

It seems like your finances are a real concern so my advice focus on paying your bills first and getting into b-school second
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