- Aug 20, 2010
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I believe its time to shoot for an MBA, because I want a career change. It seems I have to choose either finance or marketing (can you even double-focus?) to develop a strong case for my candidacy. Background: - Mid twenties, worked in DC as a government technology (IT) consultant & project manager. - Two promotions in a short period. Led several teams at work and in extracurriculars. Note--some of them are MBAs themselves. - Front office revenue generating work with government proposal responses. - Currently salary is competitive with market for my position, but not top tier. - Two extracurriculars I am a chair and a nonprofit project lead. - Undergrad engineering at top 20 state public university. 3.0+ So-so GPA. - 700+ GMAT - Single, no mortgage, ready to focus on career for the next 5 years. Serious dating and marriage would probably occur after 30. Side details: - Worked a 2nd job at a major high-end retail chain. - Trying to figure out how to combine my individual background and interests: technology used in business, finance, international fashion retail. A weird combo, I know. The best example is Gilt Groupe, but that's already been invented. Looking at the exec bios, I can picture myself exploring the same career paths as they did: http://giltpartners.com/exec.html I base the following completely on internet research, because I have very few contacts to consult related to my career goal: Short Term (5 years): ibank or management consultancy to get rigorous hands on experience/understanding with businesses and deals, M&A, etc. Transition: Work corporate strategy, transition to a marketing role. Long term (next 10-15 years): Lead a fashion retail company (ex. Uniqlo) and its international strategy. Lead its technology strategy (ex. Platforms, e-commerce, etc.) in achieving goals. Finance/Invest/lead emerging brands. Advise or join unique startups like Gilt. My question—does my proposed career trajectory make sense? It’s a given I might end up changing my mind while in b-school as most students do. However, the hardest part is selling my story to get in, and I’m hoping someone could critique my thinking. I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.