I have worked in business development / strategic FP&A roles at a majorfor the past two years since graduating college- The work, although not as prestigious as IB, was challenging and had some rewarding aspects-
My ultimate goal however is to pursue a JD/MBA at a top program- I performed very well on the LSAT and want to start studying for the GMAT this summer. The latest I would want to start school is 2012/2013.
That being said, I have been offered a promotion, (out of my analyst program), to AVP- I am weighing that against returning home and helping to manage my family business, an ethnic restaurant in Western PA, before I return to school. (Approx 850K in FY Revenue)
We have been in the restaurant business for 16 years, and customer flow and sales are booming- The problem is that we lack effective management and cost control. ( No real inventory management, out dated cash control systems, and general disorganization.) I know the he potential to increase NIBT is tremendous with some basic changes. My mom, who cooks, makes amazing food, and our local community loves her, but she's too overhwelmed with large scale caterings to focus on actual management of the business.
Having been away at college for 4 years, I havent been able to go home often enough to help my parents enact some of these changes. I think I could accomplish a lot in a year, and really help them get this on the right track. My parents are old fashioned in a sense and dont fully understand much of the technology available to help them. We are in the midst of a 600K expansion of the premises and kitchen, so this is a great time to start these changes. '
I guess my questions are
1.) Would this gap in "corporate" employment look bad on my resume?
2.) Do you think this could help diversify my life experiences and outlook as I apply to graudate school
Thanks in advance for your advice,