Stanford GSB admit reconsidering options (US/Europe)
Hi everyone, thought this seemed like the right place to come for advice.
I'm an international student who was admitted to Stanford GSB with relatively low effort last year and due to the pandemic I was able to successfully request a deferral. The last few months have been great for developing greater clarity on my future personal goals and I have prioritized them as follows.
- Most importantly, I'd like to live in the US or Western Europe/the UK after graduation. I've given up on my home country, its depressing economic performance over the past 10 years has certainly hindered my career advancement, and I am confident it won't offer me any extraordinary work/life opportunities in the short term. Context: I have been rejected in the H-1B US lottery before as a non-STEM top school US undergrad, so that kinda scarred me.
- I'd like to bring over my partner, either during or after my graduation, and earn a visa that will allow them to work in whatever country I happen to end up. They're incredibly talented and I'd like them to thrive with me.
- I'd like to make a very good amount of money. I'm almost 30 and thought at this point in my career I'd have "made it". But despite working for renowned companies and being frequently promoted, I'm just not there yet. As a reference, in 2-5 years I'd like to have a very centrally located and nicely decorated modern apartment (either a rental or my own) in a big metropolis and be able to afford any international travel I want. Kids can wait and I don't care about cars or other forms of luxury.
- I'd like to travel frequently or at least have a decent amount of time off. Traveling is my favorite hobby and I don't mind working hard or being intellectually challenged as long as I can do it often and have fun at it. I know this screams "Europe" but I'd still would like further input/a reality check if needed. This is surely the least important of all 4 factors I've listed.
As you may have noticed, I don't care that much whether I end up at a big bank or tech startup, or anything, really. I've done a bit of everything in the past (). I have significant experience in Marketing and HR, but more I often get excited by more generalist managerial/entrepreneurial/consultive roles.
Despite having been admitted, I'm not sure GSB is the school that will offer me the clearest path to these goals. I'd love to hear whether you think I'm crazy or whether you think LBS, INSEAD, other US MBAs or even a non-MBA alternative would provide me with a better path.