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Will 3 yrs WE hurt recruiting chances?

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Will 3 yrs WE hurt recruiting chances? [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2009, 17:07
Hi Alex,

Thanks in advance for your assessment.

I'd like to apply this Fall for matriculation in 2010 (3 years of WE at matriculation). I'm a woman, but otherwise not from an URM. Post-MBA, I want to move into brand management.

I read on one of your posts to a young man in a similar situation as I am (at least when it comes to WE, i.e. younger applicant), that you encourage him to work for 1-2 more years before applying. chances-75970.html

Thanks again!

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Re: 720 ready for MBA but will 3 yrs WE hurt recruiting chances? [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2009, 21:56
Emphasis on "him".

You are a "her". Yes, it's a double standard, but schools are usually more willing to admit younger women applicants. B-schools have had a very tough time getting the applicant pool to be 50/50 men-women, and the age/experience factor has a part to play. Most people with 5-7 years experience are in their late 20s, which for women starts to coincide with family planning issues (it discourages women to apply if the first 1-3 years post-MBA coincides with having children, or even having children right when they would be in b-school) -- move that back a few years, and more women will be willing to apply because they are given the chance to work a few years post-MBA while still being able to have children in their late 20s or early 30s.

Having said that, 3 years or 4 years at matriculation isn't going to make a huge difference, especially given your industry of choice (the other guy I gave feedback to wanted to go into energy/oil/gas, which skews older anyhow). As you probably know, consumer products marketing is one of the few "MBA friendly" industries that has a greater percentage of women in senior level positions, and as such they "get it" (at least from the various women I've known who are in consumer marketing, it seems to be the most accommodating when it comes to maternity leave -- there are industries that follow the "letter" of the law, and other industries that accommodate women irrespective of the law).

As for your schools, I'd swap out Darden for Kellogg.
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Re: 720 ready for MBA but will 3 yrs WE hurt recruiting chances?   [#permalink] 07 Jul 2009, 21:56
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