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Having the Perfect Story [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2014, 14:06
I wanted to ask a general question around having a story and picking a "desirable" short-term goal. I know there's a lot of competition from certain industries in the eyes of the adcom, and schools tend to have a preference for students going into certain fields.

My background is that I have experience living and working in Japan, come from a tier 2 consulting firm, and have fairly good stats and extras. I'm basically considering two major options:

1. Joining a leadership development program at a company that will give me int'l/Asia experience - not particular on industry
2. Joining a Pharma company with ties to Japan (Japan is the second largest Pharma market next to US). I should also note that I've been on a few consulting projects for pharmaceutical clients.

Any recommendation on which of these two options is best? I'm equally passionate about pursuing either option, so it's really just a matter of what looks better to B-schools in my opinion. My target schools are HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, and Columbia.

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Re: Having the Perfect Story [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2014, 10:30
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Hmmm... perhaps it's worth considering how either option would fit with your long-term career goals? And whichever makes the most sense for you personally and your overall career path, probably will also resonate well in your applications/with the admissions committee....

I'm also not sure I'm fully clear on option 1-- I guess you're saying you're pretty open to industry etc; in general while schools won't hold you to it and they do understand some degree of uncertainty, if you are able to make a somewhat clear case for how you envision your career path to go and it seems to make sense given your prior experience etc, that is a plus.

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