We began a conversation recently around whether it’s OK to switch jobs while you’re in the process of applying to bschool, and we opined that essentially yes, it is OK, depending on the circumstances and your reasons.
The biggest issue that EssaySnark actually cares about in this situation is will you be leaving a new employer high and dry. What will be the impact on this new company that you’re joining, given that you’re planning on
bailing on them running off to bschool in August 2013? If we’re sitting here now asking this question – now being mid-June 2012 – then sure, no problem. Giving a new boss a year of your life seems perfectly reasonable and ethical. You take a new job and you’ll stay there for ~ 1 yr before taking off for bschool. In the ‘Snark’s opinion, that’s fulfilling an obligation to an employer – they will have gotten value from you and recouped their costs in hiring you. It’s not a problem to have a shorter-duration gig on your resume like this either. If you’ve got a bunch of them, it can be not-great in the adcom’s eyes, but it’s never a showstopper at all – it just may deserve a little explanation, either in a standard career goals essay or in an optional essay. Here’s a post from long ago that’s on a somewhat related subject
Now, if you’re reading this post in, say, December 2012, and thinking of taking a new job and also you’re applying in Round 2 for the Class of 2015 – meaning you’d be leaving this new job in about nine months’ time to go do that … well…. not so sure how we feel about that. It costs a company quite a bit of money to bring on someone new. It seems unfair to them to ditch out so soon – particularly since you knew going into it that you might be doing so. If you give them full disclosure of your plans and the fact that you’re currently applying to bschool, and they decide they want you anyway, then go for it – you’ve met any obligations and you’re both going into it with an understanding of the situation. And besides, what if you don’t get accepted to bschool? Then you’d be staying with this new job for longer. You could explain the whole deal to them and see what they say. If you’re as fabulous as the ‘Snark assumes you are – after all, you’re reading this blahg, how could you not be fabulous? 😉 – then maybe they’ll decide that it’s worth it to bring you on for possibly this shorter time.
Note that sometimes you could also negotiate a different situation even, such as coming on as a contractor for a specified duration. This could be at a higher rate than you could qualify for as a regular salaried employer, but you’d be paid under a 1099 (you’d have no health insurance and no paid vacations but you’d have the confidence that you and the employer were both getting a fair deal. OK so all of that was obviously US-employment focused, and it’s also way off topic for this MBA admissions stuff, but we thought we’d toss it out there, since you never know – the Universe can offer up some interesting situations sometimes, and if you go into it open-minded, then you may be pleasantly surprised by the solutions that may present themselves.
In the context of your bschool apps, there’s actually one final point to raise in this conversation… and we will do that here at some point in the very near future. (posted here)