Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 18 Sep 2014, 14:25

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 25 Dec 2009
Posts: 1
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA? [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2009, 19:29
Hello all (and Merry Christmas), I am new to these boards, but I would like to hear some opinions about the situation I am in.

I am 20 years old and a senior at the University of North Florida, 2 semesters away from earning my bachelors degree in Health Administration. I am also an assistant manager at a dessert place in Jacksonville, Florida and handle inventories, nightly banking, and other financial/managerial aspects such as scheduling, paychecks, hiring/firing, and overlooking other employees as they are working.

I am planning to do my Health Administration internship this summer (and graduate right after), and I was originally planning on being in a MSP/MBA dual degree online program from UF and Stetson University, as I want to pursue a career in pharmaceutical business.

However, I am unsure about whether this is the right route to take. I am aware that many MBA programs and many professional jobs require 2+ years of professional experience. Though I am an assistant manager at my job and deal with a lot of major business aspects, I am not sure if this is considered "professional experience" as I am managing a restaurant, and not a hospital or a major organization.

Should I wait a few years after obtaining my bachelor's degree to try to get into the MBA/MSP program (or any other MBA program)? Do you think my experience managing this dessert place will be enough to relate to material discussed in MBA classes?
1 KUDOS received
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 24 Jul 2009
Posts: 193
Location: Anchorage, AK
Schools: Mellon, USC, MIT, UCLA, NSCU
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 23 [1] , given: 10

GMAT Tests User
Re: Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA? [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2009, 20:46
1
This post received
KUDOS
dausejo07 wrote:
Hello all (and Merry Christmas), I am new to these boards, but I would like to hear some opinions about the situation I am in.

I am 20 years old and a senior at the University of North Florida, 2 semesters away from earning my bachelors degree in Health Administration. I am also an assistant manager at a dessert place in Jacksonville, Florida and handle inventories, nightly banking, and other financial/managerial aspects such as scheduling, paychecks, hiring/firing, and overlooking other employees as they are working.

I am planning to do my Health Administration internship this summer (and graduate right after), and I was originally planning on being in a MSP/MBA dual degree online program from UF and Stetson University, as I want to pursue a career in pharmaceutical business.

However, I am unsure about whether this is the right route to take. I am aware that many MBA programs and many professional jobs require 2+ years of professional experience. Though I am an assistant manager at my job and deal with a lot of major business aspects, I am not sure if this is considered "professional experience" as I am managing a restaurant, and not a hospital or a major organization.

Should I wait a few years after obtaining my bachelor's degree to try to get into the MBA/MSP program (or any other MBA program)? Do you think my experience managing this dessert place will be enough to relate to material discussed in MBA classes?


Your current management experience sounds great. I'd encourage you to think about why you want to pursue graduate school. Would it simply be to garner advanced degrees? Would it be to enhance your managerial skills? These are the types of questions that business schools will likely want to know the answer to. Such questions are asked via essay prompts such as "Why do you want to attend X school of business and how do you see an MBA helping you achieve your professional goals? Don't worry about experience or age. Focus on your mission and purpose. Note that some schools welcome early career MBA's.
http://www.princetonreview.com/early-career-MBA.aspx
_________________

Reward wisdom with kudos. ;)

1 KUDOS received
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 01 Feb 2007
Posts: 467
Location: Silicon Valley via Russia, China, Canada and Wharton/Lauder
Schools: Wharton/Lauder (Mandarin Chinese)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 52 [1] , given: 8

GMAT Tests User
Re: Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA? [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2010, 19:37
1
This post received
KUDOS
gottabwise wrote:
dausejo07 wrote:
Hello all (and Merry Christmas), I am new to these boards, but I would like to hear some opinions about the situation I am in.

I am 20 years old and a senior at the University of North Florida, 2 semesters away from earning my bachelors degree in Health Administration. I am also an assistant manager at a dessert place in Jacksonville, Florida and handle inventories, nightly banking, and other financial/managerial aspects such as scheduling, paychecks, hiring/firing, and overlooking other employees as they are working.

I am planning to do my Health Administration internship this summer (and graduate right after), and I was originally planning on being in a MSP/MBA dual degree online program from UF and Stetson University, as I want to pursue a career in pharmaceutical business.

However, I am unsure about whether this is the right route to take. I am aware that many MBA programs and many professional jobs require 2+ years of professional experience. Though I am an assistant manager at my job and deal with a lot of major business aspects, I am not sure if this is considered "professional experience" as I am managing a restaurant, and not a hospital or a major organization.

Should I wait a few years after obtaining my bachelor's degree to try to get into the MBA/MSP program (or any other MBA program)? Do you think my experience managing this dessert place will be enough to relate to material discussed in MBA classes?


Your current management experience sounds great. I'd encourage you to think about why you want to pursue graduate school. Would it simply be to garner advanced degrees? Would it be to enhance your managerial skills? These are the types of questions that business schools will likely want to know the answer to. Such questions are asked via essay prompts such as "Why do you want to attend X school of business and how do you see an MBA helping you achieve your professional goals? Don't worry about experience or age. Focus on your mission and purpose. Note that some schools welcome early career MBA's.
http://www.princetonreview.com/early-career-MBA.aspx


It is not impossible, but statistically speaking, your chances of getting into a good school are higher with a few years of work experience after undergrad. You will also find your MBA experience much more satisfying because you will be able to relate many of the concepts to your work.

Having said that, the youngest guy in my class at Wharton was only 18 when we started the program in 2008.
_________________

Rukuku.com–Interactive Online Courses
http://www.rukuku.com

Wharton/Lauder blog
http://www.onefootprint.com/lauderwharton/

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Re: Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA?   [#permalink] 24 Feb 2010, 19:37
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
6 Experts publish their posts in the topic I'm 33 - Am I too old for applying for MBA in US? RRamkumar 32 29 Jan 2014, 00:50
Experts publish their posts in the topic Am I too old for MBA? monikajudd 1 31 Oct 2012, 10:03
Am I considered too old for a FT MBA? mbagirl2011 1 03 Aug 2011, 11:07
1 am I too young, too inexperienced for an MBA?? maram 9 28 Nov 2009, 01:20
1 Am I too young, too inexperienced for an MBA?? maram 7 28 Nov 2009, 01:17
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Am I too young/inexperienced to get an MBA?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.