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Medical problems and work experience [#permalink]
07 Oct 2004, 21:49
Ok.. I graduated with a BS in Bus Adm about 5-6 years ago, and for various reasons, most notably to include a medical issue, where any type of up close work/reading would cause headaches/dizziness, that mysteriously surfaced toward the end of college, I've spent very little of the time since then working full time, and I mean very little.
I grad'd with stellar grades (3.8) from a top undergraduate Bus Adm program, located in California (hmm..). Obviously, I feel I'm not on an equal playing field as the rest of you folks who can actually read without discomfort--I miss those days . Would an ad com, specifically that of a top tier school, take any of this into account to explain why work experience is poor? I've given up on a cure, and am now going to grind it out and try to put the pieces of my life back together, hence the question. THanks
Wow, that's a tough situation. I admire the fact that you're dedicated to overcoming this problem. My best advice is for you to show some success in your career and then apply to b-school. It sounds like you're ready to tackle your problem and work despite it, which is great. Hopefully you'll succeed, and then apply to school 1-2 years from now, once you can demonstrate how you've overcome your condition.
Have you been able to document this condition? This would probably help admissions officers understand the nature of the hardships you have faced. If this can be shown that this is a genuine medical condition (this is question of evidence, not of veracity) the admissions officers would likely take this into account evaluating your application. Note that students with other documented conditions are indeed allowed to attend and given accomodations.
Here’s more information: Given the symptoms, the visual conditions one would think I have, and that which ODs and MDs have "diagnosed" me with, typically respond well to treatment. However, no positive response from treatment has been experienced, thus the original diagnosis tends to be second-guessed. Unfortunately, that's as far as it gets. Ultimately then it may be difficult to obtain something that states a specific condition, and may just cite what patient reports. Would this carry less credence?
Presently, however, I do have a referral letter written by an OD explaining/verifying my symptoms, and can certainly obtain more such letters. Is this sufficient documentation?
Looking beyond B-school, won’t I face the same dilemma, if not even tougher one, during recruiting?
Yes, you could face the problem again in recruiting. Probably the best thing for you to do is to get a couple of years of work experience under your belt, where you can hopefully build a history of overcoming your condition. Once you can demonstrate that you're able to work with the condition (hopefully you will be able to do so), then apply. This should actually be looked upon favorably as a good example of you overcoming adversity.
Thanks again. I definately feel working for a couple of years is the way to go, and have been looking for a good position for some months now. It's only because of the amount of time that's passed since graduation, that I feel to some degree pushed to enter B-school now, while I'm of prime age. To be perfectly honest, I'm very concerned about "the age thing" and ideally would like to start no older than 30. That basically means starting 2006.
One question about work experience. Certainly, if you apply to schols during the early phases of the process, you are almost a full year away from the start of the academic year. Obviously most intend to work at their current job during this year. So does this year count as work experience even though it hasn't taken place yet?
No, for the purposes of your application, the coming year won't count as work experience. They'll just count what you've done so far. Note, though, that when you look at schools' stats, they're usually quoting stats for the incoming class. So, those people will generally have one more year of experience (or a little less) than they did when they applied. Just keep that in mind when you're comparing yourself (at the time of the app) to the schools' stats.
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