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Please, your comments. [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 12:37
Hi folks!
I am worried about something. I learned how to speak English by myself; I received little formal education in this language. So, when I noticed that I had to improve my English skills before taking the GMAT, I realized that I had to leave my job in order to focus in improving my English. Otherwise, I would haver never had the chance to get a good score in the GMAT. My job was very demanding.

In this sense, it took me one year to improve my English and be ready to take the GMAT. So, I am worried that having not worked for a year could hurt my applications to HBS, Stanford, and MIT. :s

Before leaving my job, I had a great work experience. I have worked in the private and public sector. In the government, I have represented my country in international forums, developed a strategy to protect the exporter sector of my country against the international crisis, and was interviewed by newspapers and radio stations. Also, I have worked in the best bank of my country and in one of the best think tanks of Latin America.

In the academic aspect, I was the best student of my class in college, graduated with honors; my thesis research was graded with the highest score. In my extracurrucular activities, I founded two leadership institutions during college.

Could my profile neutralize a possible negative effect of that gap in my work experience?, What should I do?, Will the admissions officials see that gap as something negative?

Thanks!
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Re: Please, your comments. [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 15:05
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Hi folks!
I am worried about something. I learned how to speak English by myself; I received little formal education in this language. So, when I noticed that I had to improve my English skills before taking the GMAT, I realized that I had to leave my job in order to focus in improving my English. Otherwise, I would haver never had the chance to get a good score in the GMAT. My job was very demanding.

In this sense, it took me one year to improve my English and be ready to take the GMAT. So, I am worried that having not worked for a year could hurt my applications to HBS, Stanford, and MIT. :s

Before leaving my job, I had a great work experience. I have worked in the private and public sector. In the government, I have represented my country in international forums, developed a strategy to protect the exporter sector of my country against the international crisis, and was interviewed by newspapers and radio stations. Also, I have worked in the best bank of my country and in one of the best think tanks of Latin America.

In the academic aspect, I was the best student of my class in college, graduated with honors; my thesis research was graded with the highest score. In my extracurrucular activities, I founded two leadership institutions during college.

Could my profile neutralize a possible negative effect of that gap in my work experience?, What should I do?, Will the admissions officials see that gap as something negative?

Thanks!

What should you do? Get a job now that is as responsible and impressive as the jobs you had earlier, a job that will allow you to show leadership and impact. Then you will apply with a competitive pre-MBA job and should do fine.

Maintain your English skills, but apply while working.
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Re: Please, your comments. [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 05:57
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What should you do? Get a job now that is as responsible and impressive as the jobs you had earlier, a job that will allow you to show leadership and impact. Then you will apply with a competitive pre-MBA job and should do fine.

Maintain your English skills, but apply while working.
Best,
Linda


Thank you Linda for your comments.
I am thinking in doing this:
I will open a small consulting company because diverse government institutions are asking me to work with them as an external consultant. The fact is that I specialized in a field that is almost unknown here in my country. So, my services are demanded ;)

Will that action help me in eliminating a possible negative effect caused by that gap in my work experience?
If I open that small company in June-July, could I apply in September (HBS) or October (Stanford)?, or should I apply in the second round for these schools?
Thank you very much!
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Re: Please, your comments. [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 20:42
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Accepted.com wrote:
What should you do? Get a job now that is as responsible and impressive as the jobs you had earlier, a job that will allow you to show leadership and impact. Then you will apply with a competitive pre-MBA job and should do fine.

Maintain your English skills, but apply while working.
Best,
Linda


Thank you Linda for your comments.
I am thinking in doing this:
I will open a small consulting company because diverse government institutions are asking me to work with them as an external consultant. The fact is that I specialized in a field that is almost unknown here in my country. So, my services are demanded ;)

Will that action help me in eliminating a possible negative effect caused by that gap in my work experience?
If I open that small company in June-July, could I apply in September (HBS) or October (Stanford)?, or should I apply in the second round for these schools?
Thank you very much!


You're welcome. Given your work situation, apply R2.

Best,
Linda
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