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# Relevant work-exp previous to PhD Finance?

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25 Apr 2007, 09:42
I`m finishing a pg in finance and doing a research project with a teacher (Ivy-League-graduate, quite a prominent one in my home country). After the pg is over I┬┤d like to go on with and concentrate on the research and do part-time teaching in a uni or a technical college (or even a language school).

How would that move be looked at by adms people, as I wouldn┬┤t be going for the usual private-sector/financial-institution job as everyone else? Thanks a lot in advance.

PD: the research work is not being paid, it┬┤s purely for the love of it.
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25 Apr 2007, 18:17
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25 Apr 2007, 18:52
It┬┤s a postgraduate degree. The idea is to continue with the professor (yes, I guess it┬┤d be awfully complicated without a proper supervisor).

I formulated the question because there would be other applicants with more recent corporate/business work exp (and interesting responsibilities in that regard), while mine would be teaching (part-time, and not necessarily at uni level) and research (possibility to contribute with the new edition of a book by this professor). Would my plan necessarily put me in an advantegeous position, provided the other app elements are good (gmat, gpa, lors, sop(s), etc)?
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03 May 2007, 08:13
I don't know if your plan would _necessarily_ put you in an advantageous position, but I think it probably would. For two applicants that are exactly alike, except one has some teaching and some good research done while the other has some work experience, I think the one who's done research is more likely to get in. Of course it also depends on what the actual work experience is (if it's some research-related position at a prestigious investment bank it could be viewed as better than an RA for a not-so-well-known professor), and how it's tied up/presented in the SOP.

In other words, for your situation I don't think not having recent work experience is so bad, given that you have a recent postgraduate degree and recent teaching and research with a respected professor.
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