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Did you tell your manager that you're studying for the GMAT? Some of my friends do but I'm not sure I'm ready to do that.
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I would not unless you have a strong relationship or not hoping or planning for promotion. Otherwise you will signal that you are planning to leave will be passed on for promotions and other opportunities. It’s probably a little premature to let other people at your work know what you’re planning to go to business school. Your timing may be diff should you get a promotion or move to a new project or meet the love of your life.

I would wait somewhat. Perhaps until you are done with gmat and it is time to start working on apps and getting letters of recommendations.... Kind a like parents wait for a few months before announcing they’re expecting

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Did you tell your manager that you're studying for the GMAT? Some of my friends do but I'm not sure I'm ready to do that.

This should be completely your call depending upon the nature of your manager and the circumstances of your employment. I would second bb's reply above. If you have a strong relationship with your manager and if he is not going to react unfavorably, you can let him know.

I informed my supervisor about the GMAT. And that was because he is a gem of a person. He had given GRE himself during his days and had got an offer from a very good university. He could not attend though because of financial and family constraints. So, he knew what I was trying to achieve and was very helpful. Not only did he support me in my endeavor, but also he gave me a glorifying LOR for applications. During my preparation too he allowed me some lax time every day to study. He would regularly keep tab of my practice test scores. When I faltered on the actual GMAT, he was very supportive.

If that's the case with you too, you can inform your manager. Else, be wary of spreading the news. After I got a wonderful score in GMAT, the news in my office spread like wildfire, and I must admit this had repercussions. Not everyone will digest/favor your pursuance of MBA. So, think over it and make an informed decision. You have to ensure that no negatives come out of you breaking the news to your manager/supervisor. Also, in case you confide in her/him, she/he should keep this to herself/himself at least until you are at a stage where you can confidently break this news to everybody (that may well be after securing an admit or the time of verification of your employment credentials post admit). Hope you get my point.
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Did you tell your manager that you're studying for the GMAT? Some of my friends do but I'm not sure I'm ready to do that.

I'll share my experience. My manager knew about my plans about 3-months in advance. So though I was in another country working out of the client's office, my manager allowed me to fly back a week before the exam. He also insisted I take a day off before the exam to relax and refresh my mind before the day. I took the exam and was back on a flight to the client's office in a couple of days.

So yeah telling him/her in advance can be helpful too. But it totally depends on your comfort level with him/her. If you have a good relationship and think he'll be supportive, then you can do it.
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I'll share my experience. My manager knew about my plans about 3-months in advance. So though I was in another country working out of the client's office, my manager allowed me to fly back a week before the exam. He also insisted I take a day off before the exam to relax and refresh my mind before the day. I took the exam and was back on a flight to the client's office in a couple of days.

So yeah telling him/her in advance can be helpful too. But it totally depends on your comfort level with him/her. If you have a good relationship and think he'll be supportive, then you can do it.
It's great to see that your manager allowed you to take a day off before your exam. It's very important for test takers to get adequate rest before they take the exam.

On a more general note, if you have a good manager, it's a good idea to loop him or her in as early as possible, so that your manager doesn't get blindsided by your plans.
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Did you tell your manager that you're studying for the GMAT? Some of my friends do but I'm not sure I'm ready to do that.


Hi,

When I first planned for the GMAT, I had one of the worst managers to work with. But I was determined enough to tell him about my plan. At the 20th day of my posting under him, I told him that I want to join a coaching institute to prepare for GMAT. To my surprise, he said, all right, go ahead. Then slowly I told in his ears :-o - I want 2 months leave. He said, it's alright, but don't tell others that you are on leave for studies. So, it was a dark secret. I respect him only because of this...Otherwise :lol: . When I came back after two months, most people had thought that I am gone from company.

It is better to be clear in mind while preparing for GMAT. So better tell your manager about plans of higher education IMO. Your productivity will always be low, if you prepare under stress.
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