Want to get everyone's thoughts on my upcoming B-school decision.
I'm a management consultant looking to make a career switch. I've loved my time at my company, but I've only ever been a consultant, and I want to try something new. I'm not tied to a specific role / industry post-graduation, but these are some of the things that are important to me that I'm considering during my decision.
- Post-MBA Location: I want to live on the West Coast in the future. I could see myself in Norcal or Socal, Portland, or Seattle.
- Lifestyle: I value work/life balance and I'd like to travel much less. My significant other will be moving with me post-graduation, and I don't want to ask her to move across the country only to be travelling for half the week. In the distant future, I can see myself with a family and wanting to spend quality time with them. Some folks I know are very good at juggling a family life with higher burn / travel jobs like consulting, but I don't think that's for me.
- Post-MBA Roles I have client experiences in tech, and can see myself in product marketing management, but I'm also looking at other West Coast companies that, based on my network and outreach, I believe offer a good combination of an inclusive culture, good work/life balance, and are on the west coast. I realize I need to hone in and get specific on this, and quickly, but just wanted to point it out.
I am privileged to be choosing between Kellogg, Ross (w/ $40K total), and Anderson (w/ $50K total). I have attended / will be attending the admit weekend for all 3 schools and so far, I've thoroughly enjoyed my experiences interacting with students and alumni from each school. I think I'll base my decision heavily on how I feel / see myself fitting in with the other admitted students during the admit weekends.
I'll pre-empt some comments by saying that I've done my due diligence in terms of recruiting at each school through examining employment reports and speaking with current students / alumni.
What are some other key factors you think I should be considering in this decision? How would you approach it if you were me? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.