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Which job to take pre-MBA?

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New post 17 Aug 2011, 10:54
Hello Folks,

I got admission to a well-known MBA but I deferred it for one year. Part of the reason was that I wanted to save up a bit more money and then go to MBA with less pressure and more comfort (=more focus), but also I was offered an adventurous job opportunity - to teach GMAT/GRE/LSAT/SAT prep in Dubai! I thought this will be perfect to blow off steam before I dive in to the MBA challenge and thereafter.. but in the last moment, I was offered an engineering job at a 30M revenue company in the same city as my MBA. Now, my previous experience was shabby, two years working for a family engineering business (not my family) and two years teaching English in Asia. I have an engineering degree, and the engineering option finally gave me the chance to experience true engineering in a real setting. Finally I don't have to feel like a vagabond when I get into the MBA classroom and can talk business with any of the consultants and the like. On the other hand, I think that Dubai, other than providing a great life experience, also offers wonderful networking opportunities. I connect to people very easily anywhere in the world, andd I was thinking that I might miss out on meeting some rich Emirati kids in the classroom, then leveraging those connections later on as a management consultant or an investment banker.

I would appreciate any comments on my dillema, especially from those who've been through an MBA classroom and know how these things are judged there.

Thank you!

>>>>>>> "Fences set on a high place will not stand firm against the wind; so a timid mind with a fool's resolve will not stand firm against any fear." ~~~~~~

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New post 18 Aug 2011, 12:36
It's always a bit tough answering these "should I take a job" Qs cause there's a whole lot of other reasons/ideas/thoughts behind a job, more than just an MBA...
but I'll let your friends and family advise you there, and stick to what I know.

The most important things that you think about when taking your job in terms of MBA is
a) Progress - the Adcoms want to see you moving on up in the world, moving from higher to higher position, gaining more responsibilities, more prestige and higher salaries. If this is not the case (although it's cool of course if you sacrifice a higher salary for non-profit stuff) you may want to reconsider
b) Logic - At the end of your career arc there needs to be some goal. something specific that makes sense. That's why every single application in the world has a goals question. If you were teaching and then you did engineering and then you did some teaching and then some finance and then some engineering, you are gonna look lost. If you can build a logical story with a good target at the end, then you are good!

Hope this helps you!

Jon Frank
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