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How do adcoms view an applicant on a self-driven recruiting path?

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I come from a traditional background but will be going into a post-MBA recruiting path which is not set in stone (read banking, consulting or tech), but rather self-driven. It's not a different industry but somewhat of a significant change in functions. I wanted to get some inputs on how think about how ad-coms would view such an applicant.

Speaking with industry professionals and current students shows I do have a path to such self-driven recruiting change, but I wanted to understand if there's any feedback on how adcoms view such an applicant. How do I think about the level of depth and research I need to portray in-terms of showing conviction? I'm already taking steps by attending seminars etc related to my target function. Feedback from the professionals who I speak with says it's certainly possible but how do I think it through in terms of how I'd express that to an admissions committee which may not be very close to my target industry or function?

To assuage the why MBA concerns, there's definitely long-term value add to an MBA and in the short-term the switch is only made easy or is hastened. So in summary how do I factor in the familiarity level (or lack thereof) of ad-coms to the industry and their comfort level for essay process?
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I come from a traditional background but will be going into a post-MBA recruiting path which is not set in stone (read banking, consulting or tech), but rather self-driven. It's not a different industry but somewhat of a significant change in functions. I wanted to get some inputs on how think about how ad-coms would view such an applicant.

Speaking with industry professionals and current students shows I do have a path to such self-driven recruiting change, but I wanted to understand if there's any feedback on how adcoms view such an applicant. How do I think about the level of depth and research I need to portray in-terms of showing conviction? I'm already taking steps by attending seminars etc related to my target function. Feedback from the professionals who I speak with says it's certainly possible but how do I think it through in terms of how I'd express that to an admissions committee which may not be very close to my target industry or function?

To assuage the why MBA concerns, there's definitely long-term value add to an MBA and in the short-term the switch is only made easy or is hastened. So in summary how do I factor in the familiarity level (or lack thereof) of ad-coms to the industry and their comfort level for essay process?


Hi AlbertCamus, thanks for your question. On some level, I think you are overthinking this. Adcoms DON'T want an entire class of "the usuals" of banking, consulting, tech... Of course that will be a great number, but it won't be all. There is always room for someone different. The key factor is... can you explain it simply and make the case for why MBA to help you get there. If you can do that, and also show that if you need to do your own recruiting you are prepared for that, then you can be just as compelling as any consultant. I'd worry less about what you think adcom wants to hear and more about being unique and authentic in telling your own story. As long as you do that, the passion and uniqueness of you will shine. Best wishes. If you'd like us to look at your profile in more detail, use this link to sign up for a free consult: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/

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