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Aiming for a top 20 business School-Career change do I have a chance?

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I am looking at a lot of the top schools and noticing that while I think my career accomplishments are decent, I am struggling to see them stacked up against others who are staying at their company or in their role and advancing with an MBA. For me, I am looking more for a bit of a change. When I browse the UCLA, Ross, Northwestern, and USC websites, and look at there candidates it seems that some of these people developed an entirely new way of accounting or created a non-profit. I mean, I have worked for some top companies in the realm of entertainment, and I have been involved in some highly competitive programs, but I did not do anything that stood out as successful within the organization. I cut my own teeth and found my own clients, which did cause some friction. I am now looking to make a career change and pursue an MBA to get into studio operations or management consulting. In short, I am looking to get into the more economics and finance side of the corporate entertainment and tech world. However, much of my career has been spent in creative and sales in trainee roles and as a coordinator. I took a job managing small businesses to boost my resume and give me time to study for the GMAT, however, I am still worried that even with a good score the application board will look at my resume and notice that I worked a lot of places and bounced around a lot, although each move was for a reason (bigger company, better role). Also, all of my moves were in some capacity within the same industry.

Overall GPA 3.43
Aiming for a GMAT score of 720+ (hired a tutor, hopefully it pans out).
Entertainment industry work (roughly 8 years)
Age: 30

I would love to get into the top schools, but like I said all I did was work on making movies (while this is a nearly impossible task, I don't think the application board will understand). I didn't invent the wheel.
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Hi everyone,

I am looking at a lot of the top schools and noticing that while I think my career accomplishments are decent, I am struggling to see them stacked up against others who are staying at their company or in their role and advancing with an MBA. For me, I am looking more for a bit of a change. When I browse the UCLA, Ross, Northwestern, and USC websites, and look at there candidates it seems that some of these people developed an entirely new way of accounting or created a non-profit. I mean, I have worked for some top companies in the realm of entertainment, and I have been involved in some highly competitive programs, but I did not do anything that stood out as successful within the organization. I cut my own teeth and found my own clients, which did cause some friction. I am now looking to make a career change and pursue an MBA to get into studio operations or management consulting. In short, I am looking to get into the more economics and finance side of the corporate entertainment and tech world. However, much of my career has been spent in creative and sales in trainee roles and as a coordinator. I took a job managing small businesses to boost my resume and give me time to study for the GMAT, however, I am still worried that even with a good score the application board will look at my resume and notice that I worked a lot of places and bounced around a lot, although each move was for a reason (bigger company, better role). Also, all of my moves were in some capacity within the same industry.

Overall GPA 3.43
Aiming for a GMAT score of 720+ (hired a tutor, hopefully it pans out).
Entertainment industry work (roughly 8 years)
Age: 30

I would love to get into the top schools, but like I said all I did was work on making movies (while this is a nearly impossible task, I don't think the application board will understand). I didn't invent the wheel.


We have sent students of similar profile who had experience in film making industry and had made a few documentary movies

in fact you would be surprised to know that because of the willingness of school to improve over diversity of batch profile, they rather prefer students of such profiles like you have.

Yes, greater amount of bouncing works against the candidate but you should have a justifiable story in your application and a good language to communicate the same.

Don't think of negative aspects of your profile as of now and work harder for GMAT score. If GMAT score supports then you don't have any less chance to be selected in even the best B-Schools in the world.

Hope this helps!!!
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