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Work Experience - lack of leadership [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2004, 06:16
Hi - I have been working for the past 3 years in marketing in Asset Management. I feel that I have contributed significantly to the company, but have not had any real leadership roles. There are none available at my level. I am also involved in community service, but again not in a leadership capacity. My ideal job would be in government or at a non-profit working on community redevelopment. I have not tried this yet, frankly because I can't afford a low salary. I really want to go to Yale to pursue a non-profit MBA. I would like to apply this year, but do you think my chances of getting in would be much improved if waited a year and got a job with the city government or a non-profit? I guess what I'm asking is do I need to spend a year at a unique job to set myself apart from all the other people coming from finance, and hopefully gain more leadership experience? Would it even help if I started a new job now and apply in January?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
By the way - I am a 26 yr old woman with a 3.2 GPA from Duke and a 740 GMAT.
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Hi,

Are there other ways you can demonstrate your commitment to Non-Profits/Govt. Service such as internships or volunteer service (even if not in a leadership position)?

Could you draw connections between your experience in private sector finance and fields that interest you in public service (e.g. public finance)?

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Some schools report that almost 80% of their students are attending b-school to make a career transition. You have an interesting background and have a good focus on where you want to go. This combined with your strong GMAT score makes you a good candidate for SOM.

When you mention leadership, it sounds like you're talking capital L leadership in that you're thinking about leading a team of people toward a common objective. Well, there's also lowercase leadership (or silent leadership), which is taking responsibility, showing initative, executing objectives and working closely with others to get the job done. In many ways these traits are more important (especially given your target school and desired career path). I'm sure you can come up with examples that display these. I'd encourage you to step out and go for it this year! You know where you want to go... why wait?
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