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So I understand more experience is probably the norm, but I have a bit of a story and wondering if that helps my case at all.

I just graduated in May 2017, but I worked full time through school. I did business development for a growing financial firm for 2 years, then worked as an analyst under the PM for the second 2 years. The reason I am in a rush is because I am 25. I started school late because I had 2 family events over a 2 year period (both brother and dad almost died). This stopped me from going away to school. I graduated with a 3.2 from a State school but 3.7 major gpa (finance). I now work in sales for a top asset management firm. I believe that I am fully ready to take advantage of what a MBA has to offer and think it would benefit me greatly.

The question is how long do I really NEED to wait? my goal is to score over a 700 on gmat (currently studying). Aiming for t20 schools. Do I have a shot?

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New post 05 Aug 2017, 11:21
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I now work in sales for a top asset management firm. I believe that I am fully ready to take advantage of what a MBA has to offer and think it would benefit me greatly.

The question is how long do I really NEED to wait?


Hi Buckeye,

B-school education is a give and take process: you are expected to contribute just as much as you learn from others. So while feel are ready for an MBA program, are you in a position to contribute your work related experiences to the rest of the class?

A couple of years in a job will add to your profile and will enable you to contribute your experiences.
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buckeye92 wrote:
So I understand more experience is probably the norm, but I have a bit of a story and wondering if that helps my case at all.

I just graduated in May 2017, but I worked full time through school. I did business development for a growing financial firm for 2 years, then worked as an analyst under the PM for the second 2 years. The reason I am in a rush is because I am 25. I started school late because I had 2 family events over a 2 year period (both brother and dad almost died). This stopped me from going away to school. I graduated with a 3.2 from a State school but 3.7 major gpa (finance). I now work in sales for a top asset management firm. I believe that I am fully ready to take advantage of what a MBA has to offer and think it would benefit me greatly.

The question is how long do I really NEED to wait? my goal is to score over a 700 on gmat (currently studying). Aiming for t20 schools. Do I have a shot?


So yes, in general you are right that more experience is the norm, but keep in mind that it is not only about the amount of experience but also about what you accomplished during that time. Given that you have worked part time you might have some interesting achievements under your belt already that could work in your favor. However, I can’t really say anything about that part without knowing more about your work experience of course so feel free to reach out to ARINGO here: https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/and describe what you have done at each place of work so far (measurable achievements are always the best) and we will give you some more specific feedback on that part (feel free to link to this post in your email if you don’t want to describe your dilemma again).

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I appreciate the responses. I actually worked full time while going to school at night. That's where I am lost as to what qualifies as experience. To me I would think that full time is full time regardless of when the bachelors is achieved.

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I appreciate the responses. I actually worked full time while going to school at night. That's where I am lost as to what qualifies as experience. To me I would think that full time is full time regardless of when the bachelors is achieved.


Have you reached out to any of your target schools yet? I am in a similar situation as you, but as I have talked to adcom members at my target schools they have been very understanding and encouraging. Full time work is full time work, even if you are going to school at night. Like the other posters said, make sure you feel like you can contribute based on your previous experiences, but if you feel you are ready for an MBA now, I'd chat with your target schools and go for it.

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I appreciate the responses. I actually worked full time while going to school at night. That's where I am lost as to what qualifies as experience. To me I would think that full time is full time regardless of when the bachelors is achieved.


Have you reached out to any of your target schools yet? I am in a similar situation as you, but as I have talked to adcom members at my target schools they have been very understanding and encouraging. Full time work is full time work, even if you are going to school at night. Like the other posters said, make sure you feel like you can contribute based on your previous experiences, but if you feel you are ready for an MBA now, I'd chat with your target schools and go for it.


I agree with this. And I think the basis is not just a "cold, hard statistic" of how many months you have worked before matriculation, but really more "Does this make sense?" Have you gained enough experience? Do you really NEED an MBA? Would now really be the best time for you to pursue this? What not last year? or next? And how does this logic fit into your goal?

If you can make a real case that shows that your experience is on par with your classmates, and that you really NEED an MBA in order to attain your goals, and have the requisite knowledge and skills, then sure, why not?

And yes, reaching out the schools can help, although schools definitely tend to be a bit guarded about giving real answers here, because they (understandably) don't like to comment on admissions chances before you have applied.

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