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How can an MBA candidate from a finance background stand out?

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New post 08 Jul 2017, 07:15
It is no news that candidates from a traditional finance background (e.g. IB, PE, VC) make up a large percentage of the candidate pool of top MBA schools in the U.S.. Given that this is an over-represented pool, what kind of career goals, both short-term and long-term, can make a candidate of such background stand out from the rest. If your post-MBA goal is to stay in the same field (rather than go to social enterprise or found a start-up), does this hurt you in the eyes of an AO?
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New post 08 Jul 2017, 08:48
Hi Marvin,

I don't think so . i am also from finance background and i am planning for top MBA schools and my aim is to settle down as a Business Consultant in future.
i think , we have to explain clearly why we are changing our paths .
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New post 08 Jul 2017, 20:21
Hi Marvin,

I don’t think approaching career goal from the perspective of differentiation is the right way. Career goal should more be in consonance with what you want to do and how your skills/ experiences so far can help you when you take up those roles.

On differentiation front, an applicant’s experience within finance can be different from that of another. It could emanate from particular industries (in case of B2B) you handled, nature of projects or clients, geography, and so on. Some of it can be interpreted directly from the resume; some may require specific articulation. Here is an example.
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New post 18 Jul 2017, 21:04
Hello :)

The good news is that staying in the same field is not going to be a disadvantage.
An appropriate presentation of your case will be key. Thus, you will need to showcase a strong sync between your short term and long term goals. Additionally, you could also include a larger impact that you wish to leave on your interest area.
Further, you must use your essay to speak about the different tasks you have undertaken. Try to have greater talking points in terms of your accomplishments in whatever you are doing. Needless to say, do speak about the extra curricular activities you may be involved with. A well-rounded profile is always preferred by business schools.

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New post 20 Jul 2017, 18:32
Be authentic in what you want to do. You want to avoid trying to game the system. If your career goals are less of a stretch, that is not necessarily a bad thing. It for one shows that you will be easier to place post-MBA which is a big evaluation point for admissions. I would say focus on the other aspects of your profile and person that stand. Are there other areas that you are passionate, what unique personal or professional traits would you bring to the student community? Focus on what you uniquely have brought to the organization you have been a part of as well as what you uniquely will bring to campus. The authenticity of your profile is what will help you stand out from the masses
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