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New to the forum and was hoping to get some advice from the gmat club universe...
I am 2 years out of college and thinking about applying to the Peace Corps. I work in finance (transaction oriented) at an accounting firm and just took the Level III CFA exam. I was curious about 2 things:
a) How do B-Schools perceive Peace Corps experience (i.e favorably / unfavorably); and b) If the B-school path does not pan out, how difficult would it be to jump back into a finance once the Peace Corps service is complete (i.e., is it career suicide?)
Any insights, thoughts, or advice would be much appreciated.
I can say for sure that Duke views Peace Corps experience very favorably. There are quite a few RPCVs in my FY class here -- bostonsparky is one of them, hopefully he'll respond. I also just got back from the second day of our Program for Entrepreneurs kick-off. Lots of great social entrepreneurship ideas there, and many strong ideas came from RPCVs who are interested in development work.
I think an MBA makes perfect sense with the PeacCorps experience. Especially with many MBA and EMBA programs having global specializations. Learning a new language is great for many firm opportunities as well.
Besides the MBA programs that work as fellowships with the PeaceCorps there are dozens of other global mba programs that I assume would look favorably to the experience. especially if you're doing business development nonprofit work and learning a new language. just got nominated to the peace corps in east asia. and awaiting entrance to an mba program next fall. preferably an mba with a global specialization.
Re: MBA + Peace Corps
24 Oct 2012, 04:40