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Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 08:19
I just received my undergraduate degree a couple of weeks ago, and am trying to figure out my future plans. I am pretty sure I want to go to business school at some point, but am wondering about two things:

1. If I take the GMAT now and then apply for business school in 4 years, will admissions committees look disapprovingly on the "old" scores?

2. What exactly do admissions committees look for when they are assessing your work experience? Management experience? Progression with a company? Field?

If anyone could give me some advice on those two questions I would really appreciate the help.
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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 10:04
I am sure as long as the GMAT score is valid (5 years) it won't make a difference.

Work experience is impact. What impact have you had? Managerial experience is probably a huge plus, especially showing impact but I don't think would be negative with a few years of experience. Diverse work experience is probably a positive as well, especially if you come from a trad over subscribed applicant pool.
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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 10:10
If you're going to apply later, look at some of the application essay questions. Look to position yourself at your job to be able to effectively answer those questions.

There will be a lot of leadership stuff, as well as handling a difficult situation and thinking out of the box stuff. Rack up a few licenses, if applicable to your field. Your way ahead of the curve and if you do everything correctly, heck, you may not even need an MBA later.
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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 10:25
ok, that's a good tip. I'll check some apps out.

so it sounds like being in a position to lead or supervise others matters more than the specific field of work you're in?

(I know I am clueless, but bear with me)
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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 14:23
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ok, that's a good tip. I'll check some apps out.

so it sounds like being in a position to lead or supervise others matters more than the specific field of work you're in?

(I know I am clueless, but bear with me)


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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 18:41
Remember, you can lead cross-functional teams without actually supervising/managing people. Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways.
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Re: Advice on the app: old GMAT scores + work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2008, 19:55
yup, I never had a true "leadership" position at work, but demonstrated from the groups I worked with that I had leadership (and teamwork) skills to succeed. Leadership has many guises, so really think through your experiences (or your future ones) when you write your essays.

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