What is career progression really? Everyone says that you must have career progression to be competitive for top schools. In the "2010 Profiles w/ Admit/Dings Results - NO DISCUSSION!" thread, I see profiles of people who work 2 years here (maybe in Consulting), 1.5 years there (maybe a startup), 9 months there (maybe in non-profit) (all unrelated industries) getting into top schools. How does this show career progression? They are not getting promoted into managerial positions within a year or so of their hire date. Are they playing up the diversity of their experiences in their essays?2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475-160.html
Career progression can mean moving up the corporate ladder and gaining more prestigious titles, but usually it means either:
1. Attaining increasing levels of responsibility.
2. Moving closer to the position or career you desire long-term.
The latter definition allows for lateral movement if it's part of the process of figuring out what you want to do. You may be interested in "Admissions Wants Leadership Not Labels."
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