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17 Mar 2011, 07:30
Hey guys, I am about to graduate college with a ba in anthro. I decided to make the switch into business just recently, so no time to change my major. I am currently an accounting assistant and I wish to get an MBA. I know b schools require 2 years of work exp, but since I don't have an undergrad business background, its going to be tough getting business orienTed jobs. what kind of jobs can I look for to help my b school application?

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17 Mar 2011, 12:05
I agree with much of what was said above regarding finding a business job without a business degree. While you might not think that you have taken relevant coursework for a business job, you should consider why you're interested in business and what study/work skills you learned while pursuing your BA. Research-specific skills that might be necessary for a social-science degree could be very relevant to certain business jobs.
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17 Mar 2011, 13:02
Hi, I had a similar experience coming out of undergrad with a B.A. in anthro and economics. I applied to a couple financial analyst positions, and landed on a valuation/litigation consulting position, where my research skills in anthropology played a major role in getting the job. Prior to graduation, I had also taken corporate finance and public finance courses to transition into business. During my interview, several of the questions asked where problem-saving, research-oriented questions (i.e., "how would you find information on company x if it's privately held?"). If you'd like to get into finance, I would suggest some self-study, know what an income statement and balance sheet looks like, and demonstrate your commitment to the transition.

It won't be easy. I spent the first 6 months working 80+ hour weeks to familiarize myself with finance and valuation. But what I found was that my anthro skills really helped after those first 6 months. For example, my writing skills were strong, and my approach to problem-solving was out of the box (honed through looking at situations through multiple lenses), so I was assigned to more complex projects.

I wish you the best in your transition. If you need specific advice, feel free to PM me!
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