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# Work in Tobacco industry and MBA

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02 Oct 2012, 09:16
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Dear friends!

I urgently need your advice. I have a 3 year experience as marketing manager in a tobacco company. I want to get into MBA (full time). I've heard that my experience in a controversial industry can harm my chances of admission.
Please advice me if its true and what should I do with that?
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02 Oct 2012, 10:49
First step, moving this into a better place where you can get help faster.

Second, you may want to specify a bit more as to which schools you are looking to apply to.

Third, I think you may bring a very interesting perspective (and thus be more valuable) compared to an average Accenture-type applicant.

Finally, it is all about your accomplishments (remember Dr Von Braun?). Sorry for such a terrible comparison but just trying to put your concerns to rest.

Good Luck!
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02 Oct 2012, 19:03
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I would not be overly concerned about how admissions interprets your pre-mba work experience. A few years ago, we advised a candidate who had five felony counts (including breaking and entering) and when put in proper perspective on his application, he had great success (albeit a bit spotty). While he was admitted to Wharton, UCLA, and Kellogg, he was rejected from NYU, USC and Haas. I also worked with a candidate who worked in the gaming industry and he also experienced spotty acceptance - admitted to Yale, Ross, Kellogg and Duke and rejected from Darden, Georgetown and Cornell.

The take-away from this posting is that you need to cast your net a bit wider than you normally would -- but my bet is that with a well prepared application you will be well received and have many options from which to choose from.

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03 Oct 2012, 00:56
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Gmatquencher wrote:
Dear friends!

I urgently need your advice. I have a 3 year experience as marketing manager in a tobacco company. I want to get into MBA (full time). I've heard that my experience in a controversial industry can harm my chances of admission.
Please advice me if its true and what should I do with that?

Nah!!! The Tobacco industry has been a friend to business for years!!! If you have good experience, and good goals, your industry should in no way harm your application.
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