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I am starting to think about career choices after undergrad and my goal down the road is to get into a good MBA program. I am a Industrial Engineering major and I have a lot of interest in alternative energy, namely for automotive applications, however, I have interest in most alternative energy uses. I hope to one day build companies that will help solve the worlds energy problems. While it is nice to have this direction in life, it seems that at the current time, jobs right out of undergrad are hard to come by in this field. The industry is young, and disorganized. Most companies only focus on one specialty area while ignoring all the others, creating a greater risk of their technology becoming obsolete. Going to work for a larger company like GE or the like seems very narrow to me, with a lot of bureaucracy involved in such a large organization. Yet, I am slightly worried that working for a smaller company may not yield the experience needed for a top MBA program. Is this a legitimate worry? Should I consider the revenue of a company when making a career choice? The number of employees? The companies reputation? The amount of time they have been in business? A great number of companies in this industry are start-ups.
I know that MBA programs look for promotion and success in your experience, but how much does that matter if the company it comes from is a virtual unknown? How important is the status of those who write your letters of recommendation? What happens if the company I work for fails, or never grows as they anticipate?
What are the prospects of doing some kind of consulting in the energy field right out of school? In consulting, are their specific specialty areas for employees? Or is it more of a general work the project that we give you, type of thing?