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How do schools view retail work experience?

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How do schools view retail work experience? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 20:58
Hi everyone,

I'm currently in my last year of undergrad and I'm planning way ahead for my B-school applications.

I interned at the HQ of one of the largest retailers in the US over the summer and I'm planning to go back for a full time position right after graduation. The position is generally where people start to eventually become buyers (lots of data analysis, inventory forecasting, collaborating with the sourcing and presentation departments, ect).

Do you think this will be good work experience for top B-school applications?
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Re: How do schools view retail work experience? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 21:11
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Really depends on the company, your job, and your growth while you're there. If this is a top brand, you have good work experience there, and you show strong job growth, this will be positive work experience for a lot to top bschools. But obviously if it is a company no one has heard of, you are just an office assistant, and you don't have any job growth while your there, then it wouldn't look as good. So you have to make the best of it.

Also, since this would be unconventional work experience, that is also a plus. Top schools don't want all consultants and investment bankers, so you can definitely play up unconventional work experience.

Work experience isn't the easiest place to "improve" for your bschool app. You will get what you can get, and it's tough out there. I would concentrate your time on bettering yourself outside of the workforce including: GMAT score, extra curriculars, and formulating your story.

Best of luck to you!
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Re: How do schools view retail work experience? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 21:27
Thanks! That's really helpful.

The company has a really good brand and I'll have plenty of responsibility (after 12 weeks of training...)

So I'll just have to make sure I'm able to move up while I'm there.
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Re: How do schools view retail work experience? [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 21:32
Yes, you should be great. A friend of mine, his wife went to a top 10 bschool and now works as a buyer for GAP. She worked in retail before that at a smaller place in LA.

When you are at your job, really try to take on some special projects, take on initiatives, and be proactive. If you can work on some projects that really add quantifiable value (save money, make money, etc...) they will be HUGE resume builders. Show that you're a "go-getter". Good luck with your new job, and your future MBA journey.
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