I’m 27, been in the ‘real world’ for 4 years now and am facing an exciting opportunity. I’d like the M-T community’s perspective.
Straight out of school I began working for a multinational, publicly traded industrial minerals company. After 3 years, I moved to a domestic, well established, family run industrial supply company. Part of the reason I joined the new company was because they would pay 100% for business school, provided it was a night program. Since then, I’ve come to the personal conclusion that I can only do a full time program. Simply taking classes at night will not offer the same leadership experiences I’m looking for in an MBA experience.
I’ve always had it in my head, that I would do the ‘corporate thing’: get an MBA, work for a large company, and work my way up the leadership chain as high as possible.
However, an old mentor of mine has approached me with an opportunity in the consulting company he’s started. He has been a technology executive for years, and has decided to strike out on his own. We chatted over a meal recently and his concept is VERY exciting.
I believe I’m at an important decision point: do I continue down the ‘corporate’ path (MBA, large company, working my way up)? Or do I jump at the opportunity to help develop an exciting business from scratch?
What are your experiences? Thoughts? Questions? Concerns?
Thank you very much for any consideration you can offer!