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A few quesitons about work experience essays and transcript [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2011, 09:52
Hi,

I just had a few questions about work experience essays and school transcripts.

1) Some of the applications like Harvard's as for you to explain in 250 words what your biggest accomplishments are and what your biggest challenges are and some of your responsibilities. These questions are under your work experience and not under the essays. Should I be treating these exactly as essays? (ie well written, non bullet point?)

2) I have attended many schools. I took 4.5 years to get my undergraduate degree, spending 2 years at my first undergraduate institution, and my 2.5 years at my degree granting institution. Along the way, I also took courses, which I received credit for towards my degree at a third institution. Post undergraduate, I spent time at a lesser name school, technically as a graduate student, but I only have taken a few sciences classes (5 classes) as a part timer.

My question is should I name all the schools I have attended post/during undergraduate? Or should I elect to only report schools that counted towards my undergraduate degree. The reason I ask is because I feel that my graduate courses veer away and make my application look bad, even though I did well. Do schools have a means of checking all schools which a student has attended?

3) Should I reporting my true salary/bonus? Does this matter?

Thanks.
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Re: A few quesitons about work experience essays and transcript [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 10:53
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Good questions, all. Here's my take:


1) Always write well, whether it's essays or bullets. It's fine to use headers or bullets to summarize and organize information, in fact, you can even do this in your essays. In short, it doesn't really matter as long as the information is relevant, memorable and impressive!

2) you should include transcripts for any school or class where your credits counted towards the degree. no need to include coursework which did not result in a degree, but be prepared to explain any gaps in your work history due to academic pursuits of course.

3) Not sure why you would not want to report your true salary and or bonus. Always be up front with the adcom. They use this typically as data points to illustrate how much better students can do post MBA with salary and bonus. It would not count against you if you had a "low salary," so long as it is commensurate with your experience level and comparable career data.

hope this helps.

Thanks.
Hi,

I just had a few questions about work experience essays and school transcripts.

1) Some of the applications like Harvard's as for you to explain in 250 words what your biggest accomplishments are and what your biggest challenges are and some of your responsibilities. These questions are under your work experience and not under the essays. Should I be treating these exactly as essays? (ie well written, non bullet point?)

2) I have attended many schools. I took 4.5 years to get my undergraduate degree, spending 2 years at my first undergraduate institution, and my 2.5 years at my degree granting institution. Along the way, I also took courses, which I received credit for towards my degree at a third institution. Post undergraduate, I spent time at a lesser name school, technically as a graduate student, but I only have taken a few sciences classes (5 classes) as a part timer.

My question is should I name all the schools I have attended post/during undergraduate? Or should I elect to only report schools that counted towards my undergraduate degree. The reason I ask is because I feel that my graduate courses veer away and make my application look bad, even though I did well. Do schools have a means of checking all schools which a student has attended?

3) Should I reporting my true salary/bonus? Does this matter?

Thanks.

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