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# question of timing

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06 Jan 2005, 13:24
hey another question for you...

brief recap:

i am now 23 yrs old
710 gmat 44M 42V
3.5 gpa GWU honors
Import Policy Analyst @ Dept of Commerce (just started) before that sporadic empolyment w/ focus on band and touring.
solid community involvement post college.

i am trying to decide when a good time to apply to schools might be. i would like to know how much salary may impact my application strength. at the job i am looking at guaranteed raises each year and by Nov 2007 would be maxed out at the current position around 70,000. would a 10,000 income difference make a huge impact on my application?

basically i am contemplating applying for 2007 or 2008--the later would be 5 1/2 years out of school.

your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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06 Jan 2005, 13:25
oh and it would not mean a managerial position those would require more time in gov position.
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06 Jan 2005, 13:48
Salary plays little to no role (emphasis on no) on being accepted to a top MBA program.

Sounds like you're a competitive applicant. I'd probably apply sooner than later since you have solid work experience and know that you want to attend b-school.
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06 Jan 2005, 14:05
will it have an impact post-graduation?

by the way i am thinking of applying top 15.
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06 Jan 2005, 14:12
also it is a concern of mine that should i apply earlier i will have less legit experience... i.e. just started here nov. 2004

before that i had a couple extended temp jobs to focus on the band.

what would an appropriate amount of experience be considering these issues.

oh and sorry graduated dec 2002 early.
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06 Jan 2005, 14:22
Most students in the top 15 average 4-5 years of full-time work experience. Temp and part time do not count. We typically recommend from 3-4 years of solid full-time experience, although some require less.

And no, current salary most likely will not effect post-grad salary.
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07 Jan 2005, 12:16
thanks for the advice. My temp experience was mostly at two jobs and lasted about 6-8 months each. this would not count at all towards experience?

thanks for the clarification though looks like i should indeed wait until 2007 or 2008 even. good thing is that it will give me time to bulk up my application.
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07 Jan 2005, 14:28
As always the answer is... Depends. . What were you doing at these temp jobs. Temp carries a negative connotation and if it only for a few months and / or during undergrad and / or part-time it doesn't really count.
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