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Potential MBA Profile w.r.t. Company/Work [#permalink] New post 18 May 2011, 21:38
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I'll be graduating in July with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from a leading engineering college from my country. I have also secured a job with a company that happens to be one of the world's largest - or probably, the largest - pump manufacturers, as a trainee technical support engineer (will become an engineer later hopefully!).

I have also read about the importance of brands as well when applying to a B-school. Keeping aside other things such as my CV, schools, university GPA, GMAT scores, etc., and purely with regards to the company I will be working for - I would like to know how a leading (top 20) B-school would view a company, such as the one I described, on my application? I have heard from a couple of people that core industry experience is considered very valuable by B-schools, but I am also looking for more opinions on this topic. Naturally I plan to apply only after getting some quality work experience under my belt.

With regards to the company - it is well-established in its field, as I mentioned, and has offices all around the world. As such, in its industry it is a leader. However, since pump-manufacturing is not exactly something you read about everyday in the papers, it isn't exactly a Mercedes/Microsoft/IBM/Glencore type-of-name. How much does that matter?
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Re: Potential MBA Profile w.r.t. Company/Work [#permalink] New post 18 May 2011, 23:27
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Well, the good news is that though Pump Manufacturing won't score you any dates, you can impress Admissions committees with it. The key is to show and pain the picture - you can be an applicant with the most interesting profile and thus quite unique. On the other hand, if you don't position it right, you may end up with neither.

bottom line - the brand matters but unless you are planning to change your profession to be employable by one of the companies you mentioned, you need to dig in, and try to make the most impact in your industry/company/etc. I am sure they take at least one guy from the Pump industry - you want to be that guy.
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Re: Potential MBA Profile w.r.t. Company/Work   [#permalink] 18 May 2011, 23:27
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