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Advice for an outsider looking in [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 15:48
Hey all, I was wondering if you could give me some advice.

I am a graduating Math/Econ undergrad from a state school with a 3.6 GPA. Much of my coursework—probability, statistics, economics—was at the doctoral level and at a higher level than most, if not all, MBA programs. I thought this would count for something when applying for entry-level finance jobs, but it didn't.

To be frank, I was beat out by inferior candidates from better schools. After an extensive job search, I realize that pedigree is probably the most important factor for these finance jobs. Does the same hold for top-tier MBA programs?

I realize that I'm not going to land a job with a prestigious firm. Moreover, I can't really go back and change the name of my school. Will this preclude me from a top MBA program?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 16:37
Honestly MrHedge,
I don't think you have to worry about anything. I am in the process of getting ready to go to business school. I haven't even taken the GMAT yet but what I am doing is packaging my story (in my head of course). Ultimately that is what is important. People who apply to b-school come from a whole host of schools. Some Princeton, Harvard, some Santa Clara or San Jose State. Nowadays the school you go to has more to do with your financial situation at the time than your mental acuity. What I think is important is YOUR story. Where are you from? What in your personal life makes you different from anyone else who is applying. Those differences are huge, as b-schools are trying to fill there classrooms with diversity! These thinggs are extremely important, certainly more so than where you went to school or work. Furthermore it is important that you accomplish a significant amount while you are working. I am a chemist and I worked a start up company, not a big name like Pfizer or Merck. But working at a small company has it's advantages over big. More visibility, closer relationships with your boss, etc. So don't worry. You will be fine as long as you accomplish something and "package" your story well. Besides, you have a great GPA and the GMAT (especially the quant) is going to be a breeze for you!
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Yeah, I agree with Greenwise. I graduated from a state school too. Certainly having the "pedigree" doesn't hurt, but you don't have to have the big names to get in, as long as you demonstrate the qualities / values that the schools are looking for.
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