Through the course of my application process you men have been extremely helpful with your advice and your book so I am coming to you now with something else I need help with.
My brother got into a car accident a few months ago and is about to get a multi-million dollar settlement. He has asked me to leave my research job in the biopharmaceutical industry and help him start a few real estate projects. Now I have applied to B-school explicitly stating that I want to go back to the biopharmaceutical industry but in non-technical, management role. If I get into business school I plan on going but if I do not get in this year I am in a little bit of a dilemma.
Do I stay and continue on with my research job and apply again in the next year or do I leave and help my brother and in the process gain experience managing real estate projects?
Ultimately the decision is mine, I know this, but I would like to know which one of these decisions would be of more value to my application and/or which one would hurt my application more?
I have thought about it some and here are my thoughts:
Staying with the Research Job
-Another year of experience in an industry I am interested in continuing post MBA
- By the time I apply again I will have 5 years of solid R&D experience (and hopefully two promotions) in the biopharmaceutical industry
-Since I am in R&D I am not sure that another year adds value to my application or experience as it pertains to MBA
- Working for someone else sucks!
A project management job with my brother
-Will obtain project management experience
-The experience I obtain will be valuable because it pertains to business and can give me solid entrepreneurial experience which I can leverage in B-school
- I am my own boss
-This experience is tangential to anything I was planning on doing post-graduation from an MBA program
-I am afraid that the adcomm would look at me as someone without a clear "agenda"
As you would gather from this long post I have thought about this a lot but would like to get a perspective from you guys as to what you think would be a more valuable and less harmful experience as it pertains to my MBA candidature.
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