It's time for me to make some tough decision for my career.
I have gotten a job withas a System Integration Engineer to work on the NASA space station project. Also, I made it to the 3rd round interview for entry-level consulting analyst position (either IT or Management depends on my interviews with the executives). I am 99% sure that i will get the job with . About compensation, broke over the ceiling this year and offered about $15k higher than typical entry level consulting job.
My target in the next 5yrs is to get a good MBA and transition into Management (either in an executive path at a corporate or in an associate level at). I mention management here as the kind of jobs in which I would take on higher responsibility to lead projects and manage people strategically on the macro scale. I love true human communication and enjoy dealing with people much more than punching numbers. Don't get me wrong here; i was trained as an engineer and am very comfortable with data scrutiny and processing. But my passion in life is to become an influential and accomplished person that is capable of inspiring people with my work and my taking charge of my life. So, a job that involves strategic planning and human management fits better with my interest and my purpose of life.
I graduated with an M.S. from hardcore engineering schools in the West. However, I have to be realistic that my chance getting into HBS is slim since i may not be able to establish a network with HBS graduates while working ator . So, my B-School targets are Stanford GSB, Berkeley Hass, MIT Sloan, Kellog, Chicago Booth, Columbia, and Tuck.
With that said, I would love to hear your opinions on which job I should go with and what is my chance of getting into the above MBA program with that job?