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I will be matriculating after seven years post undergrad. However, only three of those were spend 'working' and four of them were in medical school. So, naturally, I have been putting three years as work experience. Is this a mistake? Because frankly in medical school (especially during clinical years) I was working 80 hours a week, just merely 'paying for the privilege'. How will admissions committees look at this? Will they realise that, yes, I spent two of those 'education' years working in a hospital 80-100 hours a week, or will it just a be a strict "three actual working years"? Obviously nothing can be done now, but more sheer curiosity.
I know some people who either did MBA/MD joint programs or people similar to yourself who went to med school and then applied/ are applying to bschool. I'm not sure what number you should put in the WE box as there are mixed reviews as to whether graduate programs count as WE. What I can say is that Adcoms will look at your application holistically -- I think especially for schools with organized joint programs, adcom members will be more familiar with your background and will know how much work you did in med school (regardless that you're only applying to MBA). You could also highlight your WE in your essays, if it fits with your career goals, and in your resume. Best of luck!!
Thank you for the response. Yeah, I'm pretty sure most schools that have the combined programs understand, or frankly most adcoms in general. If someone has a masters or doctorate in a program without a TAship or something of the sort, I would still like to think they consider the thousands of hours or research and work into their thesis as 'work'. I think I was just getting a wee-bit paranoid when I see plenty of folks my age have legitimately seven years of WE, whereas I'll only have three, but a tonne of uncounted 'work' in professional school. I'm also kind of guilty of under-selling myself or being way too literal at times.
Hope you nail that Yale interview
Re: Years of Work Experience??
05 Nov 2012, 04:45