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High GMAT Score But Not A Lot of Professional Experience

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High GMAT Score But Not A Lot of Professional Experience [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 18:25
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I had a 3.6 GPA as an undergrad journalism major. Got laid off twice and have become an emergency medical technician, which I have been for the past three years. Good stories but not exactly elite MBA stuff - you can be an EMT with a high school diploma and a semester-long community college course.

I took the GMAT for admission to an M.S. in accounting program and got a 730 (stronger verbal than math). Have a 3.8 grad GPA. The vast majortiy of on-campus recruiting lately has been for internships...in spring 2011. Definitely geared towards undergrads.

Instead of joining a local CPA firm for $48k without much forecasted increase, I'm seriously thinking about applying to MBA programs. I think my GMAT could definitely be leveraged into better opportunities. Moreover, I think I could really benefit from a strong full-time MBA experience.

What rank of schools should I target? Are there any, say, 15-30, that are especially GMAT centric? I really want to end up in finance in NYC or Chicago.
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Re: High GMAT Score But Not A Lot of Professional Experience [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 18:37
I actually found your background interesting and think that many MBA admissions officers would also find your background very interesting. However, while background and work experience is important, even more important is that you define why you want to pursue a graduate business education and what direction you want your future career to take. You obviously can handle the work and some mba admissions people would have some questions as to your motivations as you seem to have tried a lot of different careers.

I believe that with a strong application package that you would be a compelling candidate for many outstanding mba programs. I do not believe that you have the business experience that many of the top 10 programs seek, but almost all programs below this level would be open to a person from such a diverse background.

Do not let these preconceived notions get in your way of a very fulfilling educational experience.
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