Hi all, please move this thread to wherever it needs to be because I can't find the appropriate subforum to post onto.
I am really struggling right now because of....my cover letter and resume. I graduated from UCLA with a biology degree in 2008 and was planning on applying to dental schools, but recently I have a newfound interest in business, especially marketing and finance, that I have begin considering MBA as a potential career. I understand that in order to get into top schools I would need a good GMAT score and 2-4 years of work experience at least. So that's what I'm doing right now, looking for a job. I came across the Morgan Stanley's financial analyst position (or program) and I am very very interested. However, I do not have any econ background except that one micro-econ class I took for GE. All my previous experiences were pre-health related and they are all volunteers. Those volunteer experiences I've had did not involve anything remotely related to econ.
I asked my cousin who graduated from Moore's IMBA and is currently the student ambassador for Moore's about my situation and he gave me several pointers...
1. do some soul searching so you'll know if you will like business (if I can't find a job how can I be properly exposed to the business field to determine whether I like it or not?)
2. there are no wrong experiences, you just have to play the story right. (It seems to me that there is no way to tie my pre-health experience into business)
So my questions are:
1. how can I tie my pre-health courses and volunteer experience into econ and business? (The only thing I can think of is my biochem lab and other labs where large amount of data were needed and standard deviation and percent error were used to accept or reject certain hypotheses.)
2. What could I possibly have to put on my resume in order to be considered?
3. What does a financial analyst REALLY do? I couldn't find any clear definition on it.
Thank you very much for helping.
To get into an MBA program you don't need to be in any particular field or job. So if you have a healthcare background, you can try healthcare. As long as you can get a good career progression in a decent company, you can be competitive. There as been people from Amgen, Pfiser, Johnson and johnson that are at top MBA programs.
That said As for trying to get into MS or GS, it would definitely help you odds to be in a traditional MBA feeder company, however your background may make that even more difficult than going into an MBA program.
Just take that into consideration.
As for what would help, managing projects/leading teams/designing marketing schemes are all skill that would be helpful in B-school. Also companies in HC would like managers with your expertise in biology.