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I am a Junior in college who wants to go to business school in the future. I plan on working for 3-4 years before applying. With my degree I can enter various industries, and would like to know which jobs would look best on a B-school application. First, here is my background info:

White male, first generation college student
School: Large state school (Top 20 public)
Major: Industrial Engineering, Minor: Business
GMAT: 700 and 730 on two practice tests that I took
GPA: On track to graduate with 3.8+
Work Experience: 2 internships at large Defense/Aerospace firms (think Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, etc.)
Extra Curricular: Vice President of 2 large engineering clubs

School interested in: Darden, Emory, Kenan-Flagler, Ross, McCombs. Should I aim higher?

Anyways, there are many different types of full time jobs that students from my engineering program land. Which of these (listed below) would look best on a B-School app? I am about equally interested in all of these. Post MBA, I will probably try to get into management consulting at a top firm or general management at a large company.

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer at Defense/Aerospace Company (Lockheed, Boeing, BAE, etc)

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer at Private manufacturing company (General Electric, Siemens, Proctor and Gamble, etc.)

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer at Oil Company (Schlumberger, Exxon, etc.)

Operations Analyst at Bank (BofA, JP Morgan, Capital One, etc.)

Leadership Development Programs: Lockheed Martin, GE, Nielsen

Industrial Engineer at Disney

Technology Consultant at Accenture, Protiviti, Manhattan Associates

Do any of these stand out as good/bad pre-MBA experience? Thanks!
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Hi there,

Good for you for planning ahead and doing some good research now. I'd also encourage you to take the GMAT sooner rather than later-- statistically those still in or right out of college do better on average than those who wait/work a few years, and scores are valid for 5 years. ;)

In terms of schools you mention, those sound appropriate, but I'd also re-assess when that time gets closer- based on what you've accomplished; what you are looking for in a school; your exact goals, and even that GMAT too can weigh in on school choice.

Now for choosing a job now. That is a tougher one... the most important thing is to chose the job that you think will most help YOU in your long term career. First and foremost. Then your choice will make more sense anyway to say, an admissions committee. I guess I'd roughly say that roles that involve more than just straightforward technical engineering work would add more to your resume (i.e. if there were business development or other aspects; people and project management; perhaps consulting would be a small plus, etc). But lots to think about.

Good luck with the start to your career and keep us posted!
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