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Starting my MBA this fall. Currently working in consulting and honestly can’t cope with these working hours & permanent stress levels in the WFH setup anymore. Any thoughts on going on leave as early as April / May already? Taking off 3-4 months seems massive but I’ll also have to move to another continent. Despite the money I don’t see any benefit in working at the moment

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Do it if you are set financially. You rarely have moments like this in your career. I’m planning on resigning in June, but would definitely resign sooner if I didn’t need the pay checks.

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Tons of people quit their jobs a few months before bschool, do it if it makes sense financially

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Would highly recommend taking a break. There are plenty of places that provide an extremely high quality of life for a few months while lowering your expenses. Obviously travel during this period comes with logistical and moral considerations, but choose a safe island en route to school and chill on a beach (if that’s your thing). I quit in April and it was the best four months. Got my head right and don’t regret taking that time. There will be plenty of pay checks...when else can you do whatever you want?

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It’s pretty common! You are not the only one that wants to get away from a less than ideal work situation. This is about the only time, at least for the near future, that you’ll be able to have some free time like this - do it!

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I’m out first week of April, just doing a unpaid pre mba internship and gonna tutor SAT’s for some allowance money. Should be like 20-30 hrs a week

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How did you find the internship?

If money is not a concern, I highly recommend quitting soon. As the others have said, this is a great time to take off and recharge your batteries, before the next rat race starts. I am myself in a similar situation and if not for high credit card debt (due to some bad spending habits), I would have quit by now.

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I will start at this fall as well. This week is my last week and I will start working in a startup next week for 2.5 months. I will take the summer off just to spend some time with family before going to US

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Yeah definitely leave, need to take advantage of these opportunities when you have them. If you’re worried about money just move to a low cost of living place in the world for a few months and live well for a thousand bucks a month.

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In the exact same boat. Just waiting for a big bonus in the next few weeks and then I’ll try something else or get a break!

Can you find a pre-MBA internship?

Got it!

What kinds of pre MBA internships do people do?

Depends what your goals are - startup - small financial firm if you want to transistion into finance - ditto for consulting - volunteer - travel abroad and work in a bar Whatever tickles your fancy.

Thank you all for your perspectives & advice! I am now definitely even more leaning towards going on leave as early as possible to explore some pre-mba internship or project opportunities in the meantime.

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