Revolutionary Posted December 26, 2017 Share Posted December 26, 2017 Guys, I need some sincere advice and I'd be really really grateful if you could take out some of your time to guide me. Before I delve into the back-story, let me summarize the decision that I have to make for Fall 2018: Leave the safety of my current job at a multi-national corporation to go for a fully-funded master's in USA (MPA at Cornell). Currently I am 24, 1.5 years out of undergrad, and part of a management trainee program at a pharmaceutical MNC (In my country, this is very competitive to get into, I was one of 13 successful applicants out of a pool of 5000 - I'm sharing this to signify the stakes involved). This means that in a few years time I will be on the track to becoming a manager at this corporation. This is good stuff in my poor, third world Asian country because it basically means that I will probably have a good, stable income for the rest of my life if I stick around in this company. I like the social atmosphere here as well, which is obviously important to be happy at your job. However, this kind of future clashes with some of the aspirations that I've always, always had in my life; 1. Live in and experience the lifestyle in western countries. 2. Work in policy and development. Yes, I'm still not sure of my specialization. Sorry, it's just the way it is, I'm not going to lie, I don't have any specific direction yet; I just go where the wind blows. I've worked at an NGO the past year, and was able to bag an externally fully funded scholarship for the MPA program at Cornell (CIPA), and have accepted their offer. The scholarship is extremely competitive as well, and it is unlikely that I'll get it again if I rejected it right now and reapply later some year. I'll get my tuition fully covered and I'll get a living stipend so the MPA won't cost me a penny. I'll get to experience living in America, and studying at an elite Ivy League institution, which has always been my dream. I'll get to study a lot of things that I'm passionate about. I'll get to experience the university life again which I sorely miss. BUT after I graduate my future will be uncertain. I will no longer have the stable job and work environment that I currently have. I'm not sure what my prospects are of working in a western country after it, and employers in my own country will most likely question my sporadic activities (from development sector to private sector to graduate school in policy). Focusing on my prospects of working in North America/Europe after my MPA, what would be your advice? Should I follow my heart and go for it? Or should I stay in a job that I find little meaning in but gives me a stable income? I'm the eldest in my family so I'll probably have to support my parents in the future as well, but if I get a job in a western country, the dollars would greatly help in that, because of the lopsided exchange rate. PLEASE do respond, and thanks a lot in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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