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The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 05:03
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I wonder how many adcoms they interviewed. I feel this article raises some questions if you are thinking of writing a "career change" essay.

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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 05:58
Very interesting! Thanks for posting this!

It makes sense though. In past years career-changers had a lot of options. Now they don't. If one school accepts a bunch of career changers and another doesn't, the school that did might have pretty bad employment stats in comparison.

I know that in the past it was important to have realistic goals in your essays, so overall that hasn't changed, it's just that reality has changed.

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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 08:27
I read this article a few days ago and it definitely made me a bit nervous as a career changer. But yeah, I feel like I have pretty realistic goals and that I can articulate them well (plus I wouldn't graduate until 2012) so hopefully it isn't too much of a hindrance for me or others hoping to change careers.
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 10:07
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I read this article a few days ago and it definitely made me a bit nervous as a career changer. But yeah, I feel like I have pretty realistic goals and that I can articulate them well (plus I wouldn't graduate until 2012) so hopefully it isn't too much of a hindrance for me or others hoping to change careers.


"Employability" doesn't necessarily mean non-career switcher.
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 12:52
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I read this article a few days ago and it definitely made me a bit nervous as a career changer. But yeah, I feel like I have pretty realistic goals and that I can articulate them well (plus I wouldn't graduate until 2012) so hopefully it isn't too much of a hindrance for me or others hoping to change careers.


"Employability" doesn't necessarily mean non-career switcher.


Very true.

For example, an engineer going from chemical manufacturing (on the technical side) to the oil industry (on the business side) is a career change, but also one very supported by employers.

I think one way to overcome any issues with a career change is to do your homework and make sure that comes across in your essays. Doing things like talking to people who have already made the same career change or even just talking to people in your target industry and getting positive feedback about your goals can go a long way to convincing the admin of the feasibility of your goals.

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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 13:10
I don't think it will have too much of an effect this coming application season. It's already competitive due to the layoffs that occurred over the past year. The gradual shift to emphasis on employability referred to in this article isn't going to make or break most applicants.
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 13:23
I don't think this is a new criteria, employability has long been something schools have thought about. Its especially true these days when you have such a tough job market. Having a significant number of students/grads having buyers remorse will certainly have a negative impact on a schools brand. This year was very tough and its unclear how long it will last, so schools definitely might be more careful with admitting students that based on experience will be tougher to find suitable jobs for.
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 14:14
Refurb,

I plan on doing what you suggested, going from a technical engineering position to oil..... Hopefully schools don't have a problem with that :)
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 15:35
techincal engineering to oil is a really good path. Thats one of the best feeders for the big oil companies. They definitely can leverage your technical knowledge and it also helps that is the background of nearly all the senior management have engineering degrees. Where I am, most everyone has an engineering undergrad and most managers have advanced degrees an equal mix of MBA's and MS eng, with a handful of Phds and JDs.
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Re: The new criterion for MBA admissions - BW article [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2009, 22:17
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http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jul2009/bs2009079_054049.htm?chan=bschools_bschool+index+page_top+stories

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I wonder how many adcoms they interviewed. I feel this article raises some questions if you are thinking of writing a "career change" essay.

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I wouldn't be that worried about it. It all related to the ancient question of realistic goals. If your career change it realistic (i.e., you're a lawyer who wants to go into general management) than your career switch essay will be fine. If you are a painter hoping to start his own hedge fund straight out of school you may be in a bit of a problem.

The problem with these articles is that they take something and make a much bigger deal out of it. MBA applicants are at a stage where they are thirsty for this information and view places like Businessweek as a reliable source. Unfortunately, businessweek and its counterparts have to sell page views so it makes sense for them to post articles like this one.

Career switchers - just make sure your feet are on the ground and that your goals are realistic.
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