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Need some advice regarding employment experience [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 08:07
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I need some advice regarding employment experience. I have just taken the gmat and am now looking to consolidate my resume.

After finishing high school I did a couple years in the military and then went to get my BA. I finished a BA in Business and for about a year have been working at a small company that does financial consulting mostly for accounting purposes. The company has about twenty employs and is a young firm. e.g. My immediate boss has been at the company for for about two years and does not seem to be going any where. So any opportunity for a promotion is highly speculative.

My question is as follows: I am under the impression that business schools look at the amount of responsibilities that you had during your work experience and that in general they like Global companies more than local ones (especially if you are not from the US). I plan to apply to begin in 2014 so I have another full year of work experience before I send out my applications. I also feel that I might be able to get a job at a global company. Should I start looking around for that such a job, or is it better to concentrate on what I am doing now and just rack up the years of experience?

I would appreciate any advice.
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Re: Need some advice regarding employment experience [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2012, 04:33
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Hi,

I need some advice regarding employment experience. I have just taken the gmat and am now looking to consolidate my resume.

After finishing high school I did a couple years in the military and then went to get my BA. I finished a BA in Business and for about a year have been working at a small company that does financial consulting mostly for accounting purposes. The company has about twenty employs and is a young firm. e.g. My immediate boss has been at the company for for about two years and does not seem to be going any where. So any opportunity for a promotion is highly speculative.

My question is as follows: I am under the impression that business schools look at the amount of responsibilities that you had during your work experience and that in general they like Global companies more than local ones (especially if you are not from the US). I plan to apply to begin in 2014 so I have another full year of work experience before I send out my applications. I also feel that I might be able to get a job at a global company. Should I start looking around for that such a job, or is it better to concentrate on what I am doing now and just rack up the years of experience?

I would appreciate any advice.

I don't think it's true that AdCom look for global company experience. Schools look for candidates who are driven and have a record to back that up, oftentimes, that means career progression. I think this can also be demonstrated through extra-curricular activities. The issue I see with going to a global company is that in 1 year, you won't really have any more career progression. In fact, the job switching may raise some eyebrows as to why you made the switch, if it is a lateral move. That said, if you can stay in the global company for a couple of years, and move up in the organization, that would be a positive in the eyes of the AdCom.
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Re: Need some advice regarding employment experience [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2012, 06:51
thebogie17 wrote:
Hi,

I need some advice regarding employment experience. I have just taken the gmat and am now looking to consolidate my resume.

After finishing high school I did a couple years in the military and then went to get my BA. I finished a BA in Business and for about a year have been working at a small company that does financial consulting mostly for accounting purposes. The company has about twenty employs and is a young firm. e.g. My immediate boss has been at the company for for about two years and does not seem to be going any where. So any opportunity for a promotion is highly speculative.

My question is as follows: I am under the impression that business schools look at the amount of responsibilities that you had during your work experience and that in general they like Global companies more than local ones (especially if you are not from the US). I plan to apply to begin in 2014 so I have another full year of work experience before I send out my applications. I also feel that I might be able to get a job at a global company. Should I start looking around for that such a job, or is it better to concentrate on what I am doing now and just rack up the years of experience?

I would appreciate any advice.

It depends. Many applicants come from small companies, but they tend to be startups or boutique firms in typical MBA feeder industries (tech, consulting, banking, etc.). The reason why adcoms seem to favor people from global (or well known) companies is because they are known quantities. Adcoms know how selective these employers are, the typical timeframe for promotions, and standard performance measures. When you're coming from a small, local company there is no frame of reference for any of that stuff there is more onus on you to prove that your accomplishments are meaningful.
Switching jobs at this point is up to you. If you can get into a feeder company that would be great. If you stick with your current employer and take on as much responsibility as possible then that's great too. Also employer matters more the further up the ranking you go. Depending on what schools you're targeting switching companies may only give you a marginal return in terms of application success.
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