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# Q regarding specific work experience

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12 Jan 2005, 22:09
I'm curious how a particular position might be viewed by various ADCOms of top tier programs. I'm working as a financial analyst for small, regional HMO. The work is much more biased toward operations finance as opposed to capital budgeting, etc. I know a lot comes down to what you make of the position, but what would be the first honest impression of the application reviewer?

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17 Jan 2005, 14:52
Depends on what you're stating as your career goal, what school you're applying too etc.

Generally speaking, a lot of people tend to believe that if they don't have a big name behind their career experience, that they don't have a chance. That's not the case. As to your question about first impression. It would probably be something along the lines of "hmm don't recognize the name. Well, let's see what types of experiences eastcoaster has had. Is eastcoaster a leader? A team player? Does eastcoaster have the types of experiences from which his/her classmates can benefit?
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04 Feb 2005, 12:18
Thanks for the response, but I'm thinking the first impression would be something more like .."Certainly have never heard of that company! What's wrong with this guy that he couldn't land a more reputable job? Well, let's take a look at the rest of the application, but there better be something damn impressive!" Please tell me I'm wrong.

I'm utterly confused as to what constitutes quality work experience. Are folks that worked as teachers/artists/ski instructors automatically out of the mix? Thanks

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06 Feb 2005, 11:36
Since the tone of your post shows that you don't believe me, I'll past Stanford's response to your question:

Do I have to work for one of the top five companies in my field in order to be a competitive candidate for admission to the Stanford MBA Program?
We make a concerted effort to attract and admit students from a broad range of professional backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, there are no particular industries or sets of companies that put an applicant at a competitive advantage in the admission process. Although investment banks and management consulting firms are represented at Stanford, we also draw students from non-profit organizations, multi-national corporations, family businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and the public sector.

And yes all of the career types that you pointed to can get an MBA. One of my most impressive study group members was a middle school teacher before HBS. Not trying to plug our book too much, but your skepticism leads me to believe that you would benefit greatly from its insights!
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