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switching from pre-health to business [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 15:37
Hi guys,

I have asked this question elsewhere and all the replies I got were very vague and I am still clueless about what I should do.

I graduated from UCLA with a BS degree in Biology and was planning to go for dental, but during my waiting time I noticed that I have great interest in business and now am interested in applying for Business school. I don't have any work experience and I have volunteered a lot before.

What can I do in order to make myself competitive for Bschool? Please give me some concrete advice =)

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Re: switching from pre-health to business [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 15:49
Get a full-time office job -- work in sales, bus dev, marketing, etc. at a pharma, biotech, hospital group or health insurance company. Do that for at least 1 year before considering applying (and ideally, work for 3-5 years).

Without full-time experience, an MBA isn't really going to do you a whole lot of good because recruiters will try and hire you as if you were coming straight out of undergrad anyhow (because you have no prior full-time experience).
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Re: switching from pre-health to business [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 16:20
Thanks Alex,

I have started to look for a job but with my lack of previous work experience and lack of business background (I wasn't econ/business major), it is especially hard to find a job. Do you have any tips for me? Also would my low GPA at UCLA affect me a lot?

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Re: switching from pre-health to business [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 16:43
Continue looking for a job until you find one. Don't give up. You don't have much choice really but to continue looking. Don't make the fatal mistake of "hiding in school" and taking on a bunch of unnecessary debt and investing time in a degree program that you're not interested in simply to "pass the time". Yes, the job market sucks and it's hard. But you're just going to have to continue trying.

Getting an MBA without work experience will not help you at all. And with a lower GPA, it won't be fatal for b-school admissions if you have a few years work experience, but right now with a lower GPA, some volunteer experience - you don't have a lot to offer to a b-school right now.

I know this may be hard to hear, but don't give up on looking for a job.
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Re: switching from pre-health to business [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 22:58
Thanks Alex

appreciate your input :D
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