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# Material Difference Between Four Years WE and Five Years?

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01 Sep 2011, 19:07
Hi All,

I'm currently trying to decide when to apply to b-school and would very much appreciate any constructive feedback. I'm deciding between applying in the Fall of 2012 or the Fall of 2013. If 2012, I would have about 45 months of WE (age 27) upon matriculation whereas applying in 2013 would give me 57 months of WE (age 28). Everything I've read and heard seems to suggest 4-5 years of WE is ideal (for the schools I'm targeting) which would indicate I should wait until 2013. The problem is I'm very eager to ship out to b-school and would love to apply next year if that wouldn't materially effect my chances of admission.

What would you guys do in this situation?

Thanks!

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02 Sep 2011, 03:48
Hi beehagit,

Why are you so stuck up on the number of years. Just apply when you are ready. Looking at your experience and a 770 GMAT score, I'd suggest you just go ahead and apply. Unless you are getting an opportunity at work that will significantly affect your application, one year is not going to make a big difference. Let your eagerness to enter B-school remain and make it worth. Apply to a B-school of your choice in this cycle and not wait for another year just to add to the number.

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03 Sep 2011, 23:24
One more will not really make that much of a difference. What will make a difference is if you are gonna get a huge promotion, and all of a sudden you will manage ten people, or something like that. Is it the right time for you in your life to apply? Then go for it!
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12 Sep 2011, 10:17
Hi beehagit,

At this point in your career, more important than the number of years of experience will be your responsibilities at work and the impact you are making. If you believe this will change dramatically from your 4th to 5th year of work experience, then this should be considered, but you should not wait to apply to business school for the sole reason of increasing your years of work experience.

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