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No work experience, what are my chances?

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No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 06:09
Hi,
I just tried out the business school selector at veritasprep's website, and it gave me some surprisingly good results.
It suggested that I apply to Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Upenn. Basically, this is my profile. I have no work experience post-graduation, but after one of my friends at university got accepted to INSEAD with 0 years of post-graduation experience, I figured it would be foolish not to investigate this further. (and another one got into JD/MBA at chapman with no work experience, but that is not as significant) And after trying out the selector with my profile I was delightfully surprised.

Age: 26
Current GPA: 3.58 (still have two semesters left to graduate, might be able to raise to 3.65-3.7)
GMAT: aiming for 740-750 (got 710 first time I did a full diagnostic test in GMATprep)
University: USC
Major: Business
Military experience: yes, 1 year in Sweden. Squadleader, Sergeant rank.
Extracurriculars: about 7-8 hours a week probably.
Leadership positions: only informal positions of leadership, but isnt that what really counts?
Postgraduate work experience: 0
Hope to apply in round 1.
Will hire consultants to help me write essays and make me interesting.

Have had internships in managment consulting/insurance brokerage at Gallagher benefit services, and with the U.S. commercial service at the U.S. embassy in Stockholm. Have worked as an insurance broker for about 14 months, sold over $1,000,000 of insurance. Thereby I also have international work experience. Might also do an internship with at Swedish trade council in Warsaw or in Istanbull. Currently working as a high school substitute teacher, while studying. Also get paid to watch the neighbours dog.
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 06:42
Happytrojan wrote:
Hi,
I just tried out the business school selector at veritasprep's website, and it gave me some surprisingly good results.
It suggested that I apply to Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Upenn. Basically, this is my profile. I have no work experience post-graduation, but after one of my friends at university got accepted to INSEAD with 0 years of post-graduation experience, I figured it would be foolish not to investigate this further. (and another one got into JD/MBA at chapman with no work experience, but that is not as significant) And after trying out the selector with my profile I was delightfully surprised.

Age: 26
Current GPA: 3.58 (still have two semesters left to graduate, might be able to raise to 3.65-3.7)
GMAT: aiming for 740-750 (got 710 first time I did a full diagnostic test in GMATprep)
University: USC
Major: Business
Military experience: yes, 1 year in Sweden. Squadleader, Sergeant rank.
Extracurriculars: about 7-8 hours a week probably.
Leadership positions: only informal positions of leadership, but isnt that what really counts?
Postgraduate work experience: 0
Hope to apply in round 1.
Will hire consultants to help me write essays and make me interesting.

Have had internships in managment consulting/insurance brokerage at Gallagher benefit services, and with the U.S. commercial service at the U.S. embassy in Stockholm. Have worked as an insurance broker for about 24 months, sold over $1,000,000 of insurance. Thereby I also have international work experience. Might also do an internship with at Swedish trade council in Warsaw or in Istanbull. Currently working as a high school substitute teacher, while studying. Also get paid to watch the neighbours dog.


You do have work experience. You don't consider military service experience?
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 13:07
lagomez wrote:
Happytrojan wrote:

You do have work experience. You don't consider military service experience?


It was pre-graduate, before I went to college. And it was military service, only consisting of military training and no active duty or service. 10 Months of training to be a radio link squad leader.
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 13:27
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The key is to be realistic about your goals essay. Don't say you want to do something that typically requires previous experience , i.e., PE/VC. Aim for an industry/profession that is looking for someone with your experience. I don't know what that is but I would research it. Maybe something entrepreneurial or perhaps general management in a company that complements your background.
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 13:35
lagomez wrote:
The key is to be realistic about your goals essay. Don't say you want to do something that typically requires previous experience , i.e., PE/VC. Aim for an industry/profession that is looking for someone with your experience. I don't know what that is but I would research it. Maybe something entrepreneurial or perhaps general management in a company that complements your background.


Thanks! That is actually what interests me! General managment and entrepreneurship! :) And marketing, I guess. Maybe even start my own law firm! So Harvard and Stanford is not unrealistic? Would be great to go to Harvard, the name is known all over the world..

Btw, what do you think about consulting? Does that require any previous experience? On the other hand, you have to have a masters just to go into consulting in my country. They wont even look at you otherwise.
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 20:18
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You've sold over $1 million in insurance. Isn't that work experience?

Generally, it's extremely difficult to get into a top school with no experience. Think about the Harvard 2+2 program or one of the other early application programs.
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 23:58
What are the early application programs?

And thanks everyone, already, for the good advice!
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 05:14
Harvard's 2+2 program and the Yale Silver Scholar program are the two I've heard of. Good luck.

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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 09:08
"Will hire consultants to help me write essays and make me interesting"
sounds like you already are interesting. and I would not say that you have *no* work experience. good luck! :)
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 09:16
dibblebun wrote:
"Will hire consultants to help me write essays and make me interesting"
sounds like you already are interesting. and I would not say that you have *no* work experience. good luck! :)


Thanks :)

I know I have some experience, but I should have written post-graduate work experience cause thats what I really meant. Thanks again!
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 09:47
piggles wrote:
You've sold over $1 million in insurance. Isn't that work experience?

Generally, it's extremely difficult to get into a top school with no experience. Think about the Harvard 2+2 program or one of the other early application programs.



HBS 2/2 is for people still on college.....not sure about Yales SS though
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Re: No work experience, what are my chances? [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 10:00
You have to be a senior in college to apply for Yale SS, so yeah its for people in college to!
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