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I'm a senior at an undergraduate business program. I'm trying to decide for a career path. There are many factors to consider but I'm just curious about the usefulness of various careers for MBA applications. I'm not an academic superstar, I have an average GPA (3.2) so I'm hoping to use work experience as a way to get into the top MBA programs. I'm planning to work for 3-7 years before applying for the MBA programs.
It seems that investment banking and consulting are the main sources of candidates to the top business schools. However, how would MBA admission officers think about regional government jobs? Would being an analyst at state level government be too boring or mundane?
I'm always interested in pursuing a career that gives me great future opportunities. A career's influence on future MBA admissions may be useful for my considerations.
Re: MBA applications and career choices [#permalink]
11 Jan 2011, 04:36
From my limited experience having gone through applications, I think that no doubt, IB and MC (Management Consulting) are the main "feeders" into an MBA. On the one hand, MBA programs love having people from these industries. On the other, well, there are lots of applicants from those industries so setting yourself apart becomes an issue.
If you go to government, you'll be going the non-traditional route. It's a gamble--you'll certainly set yourself apart from many other applicants, but that doesn't mean it's better or worse. I'm non-traditional (entrepreneur) and it worked out for me. You should probably talk to the admissions consultants in the "admissions consultants" forum and ask what they think.