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Thoughts on leaving consulting to do a year at a startup or social enterprise before applying? How much might it help (or hurt) your application. Assuming the role fits with your story

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Prob makes sense but only if it fits otherwise you'll be out of luck by the time a year is up

And keep in mind round 1 deadlines are pretty early so you would want to have enough to talk about and tie into your story by then

I wouldn't leave a job at this point if you're applying this fall. One of your recommenders needs to be a current supervisor. Otherwise, you'll need to explain why not. It's a much stronger recommendation if that supervisor has had enough time (preferably, a year) to get to know you, your work style, your impact, and your work ethic. I was in this boat around this time last year, because I was considering a switch from consulting to finance. I decided that it would be better if I had more in-person contact with my recommenders by staying on the job and while they're drafting my recommendation. It worked out.

That’s SC1 that’s kind of what I’m thinking. For what it’s worth I’d want to apply next fall so I could theoretically make it work. I have a really great relationship with my current team and the manager and partner would write great recommendations. But I also feel this need to do something really out there to differentiate myself (plus fulfillment of personal goals)

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