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"why mba now?" [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 10:46
I'm a younger (24 @ matriculation) applicant. Invariably, I will be asked the "why MBA now?" question on an interview. My story so far has been consistent in my apps - undergrad engineering, interested in the pharma/healthcare fields, hope to continue this path/industry in the future.

As of now, I am unemployed. Would this be a good time to speak about this? Obviously re-starting a career now, only to leave to business school in 1-2 years wouldn't make much sense. It makes more sense - in my eyes at least - to take this time to apply to business schools. This recent lay-off was a huge reason to apply this year (vs a few years later).

If worded correctly, does this sound like a good enough reason? Conversely, is it a TERRIBLE reason that I should not mention? (in which case I'd be back at square one) I don't want to shoot myself in the foot with such a pivotal question.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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Re: "why mba now?" [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 17:55
Well.. I personally don't think unemployment is a good reason to apply for an MBA. While you should be honest about being unemployed, you'd better avoid using it as a reason. Also, it may make interview turn to asking you more queston such as"why you were fired","how's relationship between you previous boss and you"...etc
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Re: "why mba now?" [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 13:44
I think it's more leaning towards a terrible reason :) Sorry, but that's the trust. PM if you need more help on strategy.
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Re: "why mba now?" [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 13:51
haha, luckily i was not asked this on an interview. thanks for the honest feedback though
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Re: "why mba now?"   [#permalink] 18 Nov 2009, 13:51
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