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Little background. I went to a non-target state school and got my bachelors in Finance. I worked full time as an analyst at a local growing wealth management firm. I was given a lot of responsibility at a young age including managing portfolios and meeting with clients. I graduated with a 3.2gpa due to working full time. I left the firm to go to a known asset management firm as an inside sales person. My goal is to attend a top 20 MBA program in two years. If I can break 700 on the gmat (preferably 720), will I have a shot? I plan to tell my family story as to why I stayed local and worked full time. But will my experience doing inside sales hurt me?

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Little background. I went to a non-target state school and got my bachelors in Finance. I worked full time as an analyst at a local growing wealth management firm. I was given a lot of responsibility at a young age including managing portfolios and meeting with clients. I graduated with a 3.2gpa due to working full time. I left the firm to go to a known asset management firm as an inside sales person. My goal is to attend a top 20 MBA program in two years. If I can break 700 on the gmat (preferably 720), will I have a shot? I plan to tell my family story as to why I stayed local and worked full time. But will my experience doing inside sales hurt me?


Thank you for your post. We work with folks in sales every year and some sales roles are not as attractive as yours so don't sell yourself too short. That said it would be great to see your resume. If you can bump the GMAT up a bit more then you should be in good shape. A 700 would be a stretch if you are a male and not a minority. Provide some more information though because if we can get you into the low 700s or mid 700s then things could look pretty good!

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Sales experience probably helps your application!


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New post 10 Nov 2017, 12:53
Bump.......anyone else?

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Little background. I went to a non-target state school and got my bachelors in Finance. I worked full time as an analyst at a local growing wealth management firm. I was given a lot of responsibility at a young age including managing portfolios and meeting with clients. I graduated with a 3.2gpa due to working full time. I left the firm to go to a known asset management firm as an inside sales person. My goal is to attend a top 20 MBA program in two years. If I can break 700 on the gmat (preferably 720), will I have a shot? I plan to tell my family story as to why I stayed local and worked full time. But will my experience doing inside sales hurt me?


It depends a bit on how the sales operations go down and also the size of clients/products as well as how you have done.

Yet, you are right that in terms of function sales would be usually seen as "lower-ranked" than say management, consulting, strategy.... things like that.

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New post 13 Nov 2017, 03:00
hey no sales on the contradictory you just make sure you elaborate all points

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I would say the benefit of being in sales is that you have results to report- focus on your impact and results and how you achieved them. Also leverage your industry knowledge if you are trying to transfer to a different role within the same industry. Adcom is looking for variety - so you can present well with any background! No school wants an entire class of bankers or consultants so it is good for some to have different work experience! And of course- having strong grades and a strong GMAT will also help....
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New post 15 Nov 2017, 22:13
Hi Buck92,

I don’t think your background in sales is going to hurt. Your progress, your work, your impact at workplace will matter more than your function. Moreover, you may have relatively less number of applicants applying with sales background. You may explain the reason for staying local (which probably means a lesser brand) so that it comes across as a choice you made given your unique circumstances and not as something you had no option but to accept.
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New post 24 Nov 2017, 16:29
It is all about your impact and relative leadership. if you can highlight how have you made a difference at your firm and driven projects forward while making an impact then your work experience will seen positively. So focus less on whether you're at a blue chip firm or a trendy role focus on the impact and the results you have driven to set yourself apart
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I think you have a very strong profile. Keep rolling !!

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