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Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2012, 20:10
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How do MBA admissions committees feel about non-profit work experience? Specifically management?

I have been in the consulting world, as well as non-profit. . . I'm considering returning to the non-profit world and plan to apply to schools this fall.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 13:07
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How do MBA admissions committees feel about non-profit work experience? Specifically management?

I have been in the consulting world, as well as non-profit. . . I'm considering returning to the non-profit world and plan to apply to schools this fall.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!


Some of my background is not-for-profit, and I'm not the only one...
I don't think they look differently on management experience whether it's in a not-for-profit organization or for-profit one...
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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 14:00
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sapphire07 wrote:
Hello -

How do MBA admissions committees feel about non-profit work experience? Specifically management?

I have been in the consulting world, as well as non-profit. . . I'm considering returning to the non-profit world and plan to apply to schools this fall.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!


Some of my background is not-for-profit, and I'm not the only one...
I don't think they look differently on management experience whether it's in a not-for-profit organization or for-profit one...


Hi - thank you for your response! Can a non-profit management background give you a leg up in terms of diversity or a wow factor?
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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 17:36
from what I've seen non-profit WE is looked upon favorably.
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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 18:14
Non profit experience is viewed through the same lens as traditional experience. What will matter most is the prominence of the non-profit you work for, the selectivity of its hiring practices, the # of employees from your non-profit who get into the schools you're applying to, and finally your accomplishments/career trajectory within that company. Management is definitely a great thing, especially coming from a non-tradtional sector, but no matter what the sector your company's brand is going to carry a lot of weight.
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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 06:17
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from what I've seen non-profit WE is looked upon favorably.

Thank you-that is encouraging!

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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 06:19
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Non profit experience is viewed through the same lens as traditional experience. What will matter most is the prominence of the non-profit you work for, the selectivity of its hiring practices, the # of employees from your non-profit who get into the schools you're applying to, and finally your accomplishments/career trajectory within that company. Management is definitely a great thing, especially coming from a non-tradtional sector, but no matter what the sector your company's brand is going to carry a lot of weight.

Thank you for the feedback! The organization is the American Red Cross - any thoughts?

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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 06:35
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Non profit experience is viewed through the same lens as traditional experience. What will matter most is the prominence of the non-profit you work for, the selectivity of its hiring practices, the # of employees from your non-profit who get into the schools you're applying to, and finally your accomplishments/career trajectory within that company. Management is definitely a great thing, especially coming from a non-tradtional sector, but no matter what the sector your company's brand is going to carry a lot of weight.

Thank you for the feedback! The organization is the American Red Cross - any thoughts?

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Well known org for sure. I have no clue about its selectivity in terms of hiring. Your best bet is to look at where people in your org/function/role end up for grad school (or if they go at all).
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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 09:41
Thanks for the advice! My first job with them was as an assistant manager. After completion of the assignment I returned to the corporate world. Now they've offered me a the manager's position. . .I believe people typically work as an assistant manager before promoting to manager here. However, I'm not sure how many employees actually go on to attend grad school - probably not a lot of folks from here going for an MBA. I suppose that could hurt or help. Help to make me stand apart from the average MBA applicant. . . But could hurt if red cross managerial work is not seen as highly competitive.

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Re: Non-profit (management) work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 08:55
Hi. Thanks for the post.

A great way to build upon your non-profit experience (and possibly transition to a career in management consulting) is by participating in volunteer activities that enhance your leadership skill-set and consulting resume... Volunteer organizations such as SCORE, Net Impact, USA Leadership Corps, and Taproot provide strategy consulting assistance to small businesses and nonprofits in need. By participating in such groups you will enhance your core MBA foundation... Thanks and good luck.

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USA Leadership Corps
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