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Volunteer experience hypothetical [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:22
In their application if an individual reasonably explains why they haven't been a volunteer, does that put them on an equal playing field with someone who does have volunteer experience. Lets take two candidates for an example:

Applicant A. Work 80hrs per week and travel 5-6 days per week for the company. 700 GMAT. 3.5GPA. No volunteer experience since college.

Applicant B. Spends 40 hours per week in the office and doesn't travel for work. 700 GMAT. 3.5GPA. Helped organize their neighborhood bowling league.

If there is only one spot open at said B School, who gets it?
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Re: Volunteer experience hypothetical [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:33
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A spot in a business school is NOT going to come down to "do you have volunteer experience or not". Every person is different. Every one has their own story to tell and has different priorities in their life, whether that's work, extra curricular activities, community involvement, family, etc. In an application, you have to tell your own story and show the adcom how and why you fit with that particular school. It doesn't come down to joining one activity over another.
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Re: Volunteer experience hypothetical [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 18:44
That is good to hear. Currently I am reading "Your MBA Game Plan," (very useful book overall) and the authors describe volunteer/community service activities as not optional. There are a few different thoughts on this including your posting as well as the GMAT Club eBook.

It would also be useful to hear from current students who did not have volunteer experience. Any takers?!
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Re: Volunteer experience hypothetical [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 19:01
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To be fair though, you should have something that you do outside of work. This is just my thought, but I feel like especially now, few people get into business school with just work experience and no other outside commitments. For you that might not be community service or volunteering in the traditional sense; you might be involved in your local sports league or play an instrument in a band or raise sheep in your backyard. Whatever you do, you have to be passionate about it and not just do it because you think it looks good in your application.

Bottom line: Don't give/tell the adcom what you think they want to see. Show them who you are as a whole person -- not just who you are at work, but who you are at home too.
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Re: Volunteer experience hypothetical [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 19:09
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To be fair though, you should have something that you do outside of work. This is just my thought, but I feel like especially now, few people get into business school with just work experience and no other outside commitments. For you that might not be community service or volunteering in the traditional sense; you might be involved in your local sports league or play an instrument in a band or raise sheep in your backyard. Whatever you do, you have to be passionate about it and not just do it because you think it looks good in your application.

Bottom line: Don't give/tell the adcom what you think they want to see. Show them who you are as a whole person -- not just who you are at work, but who you are at home too.



That is a standard I can live to. Thanks!
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Re: Volunteer experience hypothetical   [#permalink] 11 Dec 2012, 19:09
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