Career change into consulting, or stay in static job before MBA?O
Hi guys, I'm trying to figure out what to do to maximize my chances of getting into a top MBA program next year, and would appreciate some advice.
I'm 24 now, and will have 3 years of full-time working experience when I apply to business schools next year. I work in a fairly unique field, analyzing corporate governance at Russian companies and providing recommendations to western investors that hold stakes in these companies on how to vote their shares, which directors to support, transactions to approve, etc. Only a handful of firms do this, and ours is #1, and I'm the main Russia analyst. I want to pursue a career in management consulting in Russia after my MBA.
My current job is interesting and unique, but it A. has no room for career growth (the main drawback), and B. is not consulting.
So I'm wondering what would be better for getting into a top MBA program: 1. Stay put where I am, or 2. Try to get into consulting now, before applying for an MBA, to get a foothold in the industry, and show "growth" on my MBA app.
My thinking is that it's better to stay put and try to leverage my experience with this Russian corporate governance thing (putting me in the "oddball" pool of applicants), rather than casting myself into the middle of the highly competitive pool of "consulting" applicants, where I will not really stand out, and which does not fit with the overall Russia line I'm trying to take.
But how bad is that my job is static, from an MBA admissions perspective?