Maybe you got a little carried away when the MBA applications first opened for some of your schools, and you input the names of some people you thought you wanted to recommend you, and you hit submit, and the schools’ app systems emailed out invites to those recommenders.
What if now, several weeks and much more intensive learning later, you realize that whoops, one of those people may not be the best strategic choice. Or what if one of your recommenders suddenly quit, and is no longer at your company (they may still be a good person to recommend you; that big change in status alone does not necessarily disqualify them, but it does change your approach). Or what if your recommender was due to have a baby and the baby came early and now you can’t get ahold of them and are worried that they won’t be able to do this for you after all based solely on timing of deadlines.
Can you switch out recommenders, and should you, and how?
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Again, many recommenders are relieved to have this taken off their plates. It still can be uncomfortable, since you’re essentially firing them from this role in your life, and implicitly saying that you don’t need their support, or their opinion of you isn’t that important after all, so yeah, it’s kinda complicated! If you want to run ideas past us or get feedback on the approach you’re going to take in a situation like this (or any other part of your strategy formation) then that Private Consult might be valuable. Or, you can leave a comment on this post and we’re happy to give input on what you’re dealing with.
Tell us what you think.