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Concurrent Experience while getting my Master's Degree.

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Concurrent Experience while getting my Master's Degree. [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2006, 17:35

My situation is a little unconventional. When I was 18, I started working at my Family's business. I worked 40 hours a week through getting my Bachelor's degree and then again while I was getting my Master's degree.

An interesting aspect of this is that while my business is located in India, I got my graduate degree (Engineering) in the US. Is this going to cause confusion for the admission officers?

Since I was at a senior management level in my Business while I was getting my master's degree, it was relatively easy for me to work by defining my own schedule. I used teleconferencing and email to communicate with my team outside the US.

My grad school schedule was light -- it was only about 3 hours of classes 4 days a week.

Will putting this experience into my application harm me? Since I got my Master's Degree (2 years ago), I've been working for a Fortune 100 company here in the US.

I'm having a hard time figuring out how to use my unconventional experience. Will this experience warrant significant explanation in my essays?
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I don't think this will hurt you. The first question that came to my mind when I read yoru story was, "If this was a family business, how much work was he really doing from the U.S.?" You don't want adcomms to think that you had a big title but no real responsibilties in your family's business. Sometimes a "family business" means that the person had it really easy as other people did all of the work. (Don't worry about what I think; worry about what adcomms think!) If you can overcome that, I think you're okay.



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