Do I Need More Prestige for a top MBA?
Current 3rd year Associate at a boutique consulting firm (think FTI/Huron/Navigant) doing client-facing technical/financial consulting work. Planning to apply for my MBA next fall and I'm targeting Tuck, Kellogg, INSEAD and will probably apply to Harvard/Stanford to test my luck. I'm coming from a non-target undergrad and feeling concerned that my current company may not be prestigious enough to help me get into a top MBA program, especially since to my knowledge my company doesn't send many (any?) people to top MBA programs.
So I'm thinking of making a job switch and looking at 4 options:
- Lateral to – I'd be doing the same thing I am now, just at a new company (interviewing)
- – I'd be doing the same work or may try to go into their Education practice
- Unicorn Startup – not a household name startup but still well-funded. I'd have more of a change management role so it would be a non-technical consulting role that's still client facing (interviewing)
- Stay at current company but move to the Education practice – doing similar work but only for Education-related clients. I'm interested and passionate about education but worried about how much the company prestige factor matters to adcoms.
TLDR: Do I need to switch companies to get into a good MBA program? Or is my boutique tech consulting experience enough (assuming the rest of my application is solid)?