This may no be relevant but during this time, I participated on a study abroad program at an US university for 2 semesters.
I think that you would definitely mention this somewhere in your b-school application.
it took me months to go through the immigration process which held me back, because I had to wait for this process to be completed in order for me to do anything: find a job, go back to school, get a driver's license (!).
This is totally understandable and this unemployment gap will not be held against you by admission committee as long as you explain it in the b-school application.
Needless to say I wasn't able to find a job, I was a recent grad with no experience in the field I wanted to get into.
I decided then, to go back to school in the fall for a second bachelor's degree in Business adm. with a marketing concentration.
Considering the gloomy state of US economy even for USA graduates, your reasoning is totally believable. You can present this as an example of you taking a very strong initiative to keep moving and not let circumstances shut you out.
I plan on going to a decent Business School, therefore I think having real work experience in a must.
It's not a must.
Okay in case you didn't know, the heart of any b-school application is a number of essays, usually five, appx 500 words each, where you are asked questions that allow you to explain your story to the admission committee. The idea is to come up with a compelling story with a unifying theme, to present yourself as a unique individual, but at the same time to have a real good reason as to why you want to go to business school, and to show how the actions you took in the past, given your circumstances, were all leading to your decision to go to business school. If you get the adcoms to believe in your story, and believe that you will contribute to their school as a student, they will accept you.
But of course there are other things to getting admitted. You should have some kind of experience but lots of students don't have the "typical" experience. In MBA classrooms you will find kids who went to MBA straight from undergrad, or people who took irrelevant majors such as philosophy, arts, humanities etc. So business-related experience is not a must. Next, you gotta write the GMAT and get a good mark on the test.
Keep in mind that MBA programs seek variety in their students. They will admit a certain number of typical candidates with your typical successful careers, but there's always room for people like you, who took a winding path. Also, MBA programs emphasize internationalism and typically a US MBA program has about 30% foreign students. International experience and speaking other languages is definitely an asset, and you might want to promote internationalism as your key strength. As part of this strength you could mention your business network and connections in your home country, or your potential to create them.
Another strength you might pitch is "broad perspective" you gained with two bachelor's. Something along the lines of "I studied IR and CM and can understand how these two interact, which taught me how to understand this and other things from multiple perspectives".
I can understand that doing a bachelor's degree with MBA in mind down the road can test one's patience. But then again, I will start my MBA next year and I have been thinking about it more or less for some 4 years. 2.5 years degree, shouldn't it be four? While at school try to do as much extracurricular stuff because that's also big in b-school applications, or you could also seek an internship.
A good MBA is definitely feasable for you. Good luck!
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