Work ex requirements for MBA


shikhar

Hi guys, I have graduated in Fashion Technology from India and just arrived in Canada. I am looking to go for a MBA degree but the general requirement of most of the good B-schools in Canada is a work experience of around 2-3 yrs. I would like to know what kind of work ex would do me good for a prospective MBA application. Like a managerial role would be necessary or experience in a field other than apparels would prove to be a negative?
Thanks...

Hi guys, I have graduated in Fashion Technology from India and just arrived in Canada. I am looking to go for a MBA degree but the general requirement of most of the good B-schools in Canada is a work experience of around 2-3 yrs. I would like to know what kind of work ex would do me good for a prospective MBA application. Like a managerial role would be necessary or experience in a field other than apparels would prove to be a negative?
Thanks...
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Duncan

If you visit the websites of some schools you'll see how their requirements differ. Generally, schools are looking for at least three years work experience.

If you visit the websites of some schools you'll see how their requirements differ. Generally, schools are looking for at least three years work experience.
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shikhar

The total amount of work experience required in terms of years is something that I can find on the websites. What I am more interested to know is the kind of experience required or preferred by the schools in considering an application.

The total amount of work experience required in terms of years is something that I can find on the websites. What I am more interested to know is the kind of experience required or preferred by the schools in considering an application.
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Duncan

I think the schools are generally really clear on that. At Ivey, for example, it says "we are looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong leadership orientation in previous experience, and can bring that into the Ivey classroom. It is possible to showcase leadership abilities in a variety of ways: from career success and promotion, to volunteer work and community initiatives, or other interests like athletics or the arts" At UoT: "The Full-Time MBA Program at the Rotman School of Management is designed for intellectually curious individuals with a demonstrated potential for high achievement". So, I suggest that you can tell largely from their websites if schools give a specific requirement.

I think the schools are generally really clear on that. At Ivey, for example, it says "we are looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong leadership orientation in previous experience, and can bring that into the Ivey classroom. It is possible to showcase leadership abilities in a variety of ways: from career success and promotion, to volunteer work and community initiatives, or other interests like athletics or the arts" At UoT: "The Full-Time MBA Program at the Rotman School of Management is designed for intellectually curious individuals with a demonstrated potential for high achievement". So, I suggest that you can tell largely from their websites if schools give a specific requirement.
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shikhar

This was useful Duncan. thanks...
Since I have graduated in fashion/apparels,, would making a shift to some other industry to get initial employment prove to be a negative on my application form? I am not saying that I want to but a degree from India does not hold much value in Canada so getting a job in my field initially would be tough compared to other avenues.

This was useful Duncan. thanks...
Since I have graduated in fashion/apparels,, would making a shift to some other industry to get initial employment prove to be a negative on my application form? I am not saying that I want to but a degree from India does not hold much value in Canada so getting a job in my field initially would be tough compared to other avenues.
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Duncan

I think that what counts is the quality of your work experience, especially in terms of managerial and strategic experience. If it;s easier to get that by switching out of apparel, then that's a choice. But I would imagine that you'd be a more distinctive candidate if you were in apparel than in finance, IT or consulting. And I'd guess it's easier to get managerial experience in an industry you know well.

I think that what counts is the quality of your work experience, especially in terms of managerial and strategic experience. If it;s easier to get that by switching out of apparel, then that's a choice. But I would imagine that you'd be a more distinctive candidate if you were in apparel than in finance, IT or consulting. And I'd guess it's easier to get managerial experience in an industry you know well.
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shikhar

I understand that the point of being a distinctive candidate in the class could be an advantage to me.
I have another query. While considering applications for MBA, what do the schools generally look for in a candidate or what os the preference ranking for GPA score, work ex, GMAT score.
I have a GPA of 7.3/10. Does that mean that I have to compensate for it by scoring really high in GMAT, or by getting really good work exp?

I understand that the point of being a distinctive candidate in the class could be an advantage to me.
I have another query. While considering applications for MBA, what do the schools generally look for in a candidate or what os the preference ranking for GPA score, work ex, GMAT score.
I have a GPA of 7.3/10. Does that mean that I have to compensate for it by scoring really high in GMAT, or by getting really good work exp?
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Duncan

Yes, I think you've got the right understanding. The scores that school look for will differ massively, because the best schools are highly selective. To be a competitive candidate, you need to be generally above the average quality once you average out the things they are looking for. If your GPA is below average then you'll need to balance that out, ro aim at a lower-ranked school.

Yes, I think you've got the right understanding. The scores that school look for will differ massively, because the best schools are highly selective. To be a competitive candidate, you need to be generally above the average quality once you average out the things they are looking for. If your GPA is below average then you'll need to balance that out, ro aim at a lower-ranked school.
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Hi Duncan, it seems you have a good knowledge about the MBA colleges. I have a query, I am currently working as an analyst in a private bank and I have been working for past 2 years. I am planning to apply for GMAT by the 3rd year. My query is regarding the course under MBA. What kind of course should I select or will I be given course by the College according to my GMAT score.

Hi Duncan, it seems you have a good knowledge about the MBA colleges. I have a query, I am currently working as an analyst in a private bank and I have been working for past 2 years. I am planning to apply for GMAT by the 3rd year. My query is regarding the course under MBA. What kind of course should I select or will I be given course by the College according to my GMAT score.
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Duncan

Hi Daniel. Generally speaking, all the students will fall the same core courses regardless of their GMAT scores. Take a look at the curriculum at a top MBA school, and that will give you a good idea.

Hi Daniel. Generally speaking, all the students will fall the same core courses regardless of their GMAT scores. Take a look at the curriculum at a top MBA school, and that will give you a good idea.
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