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Teach English abroad or Volunteering abroad... [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2009, 07:42
How do bschools view these kind of activities?

Right now i'm pondering about either teaching english abroad in japan or go volunteer in some 3rd world countries through peace corp.

How would the adcom or corporate world view these experiences? I am 24 years old and don't want to waste time in meaningless grunt jobs or lifeless 9-5 jobs.

Please provide some advice. Thanks!
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Re: Teach English abroad or Volunteering abroad... [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2009, 08:42
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How do bschools view these kind of activities?

Right now i'm pondering about either teaching english abroad in japan or go volunteer in some 3rd world countries through peace corp.

How would the adcom or corporate world view these experiences? I am 24 years old and don't want to waste time in meaningless grunt jobs or lifeless 9-5 jobs.

Please provide some advice. Thanks!



I would imagine Volunteering in some 3rd world as a little higher, but not by very much. One thing that struck me was the lifeless 9-5 job, how are you planning to show career progression? Outside of Harvard/Stanford, most schools like some sort of career.

One person you can talk to is MonkBent. He has experience in teaching abroad and is matriculating at a top 5 school.
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Re: Teach English abroad or Volunteering abroad... [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2009, 16:24
They'd see you as a nontraditional applicant. Like GoBruins said, they'd ideally want to see some sort of progression within whatever you're doing - whether it's larger projects, managing volunteers, etc. But keep in mind that whatever you pick, you have to explain how it ties into your longer term goals.

Are you a recent graduate or have you worked before? If you've worked before, you could tie that experience in as well!

Also, I'm sure you know this, but in your essays, I'd choose positive reasons for why you chose whatever career you did. And avoid any traditional-corporate-WE-bashing. Since 80% of bschool students have the more traditional work experience, and likely will be the students in the admissions office reading your app, you want them to feel intrigued and not alienated by your application. You want them to want you as a potential classmate. :)
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