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22 Jul 2009, 15:00
Hi All,

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.

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24 Jul 2009, 10:39
Anyone?

How about someone that took the Peace Corps + MBA route? Would you be willing to share your experience?
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25 Jul 2009, 05:18
You'd be better of posting this in the b-school application forum.

Do a search, there was at least one member who was in the Peace Corp and got into b-school.

From what I've seen, as long as you can pull a strong GMAT score, non-traditional applicants usually do quite well.

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25 Jul 2009, 11:41
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.
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26 Jul 2009, 09:15
Thanks very much for the insights and the input. I'll also try the b-school application forum and see if I get any responses there.

Thanks again.
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23 Oct 2012, 09:40
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.
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23 Oct 2012, 21:49
For number one - Peace Corps can be AWESOME!!! Plan on applying with non-profit goals while you are in peace corps.
As for number two, not suicide, but not great either...
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24 Oct 2012, 04:40
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.
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