Using MBA to Return to Workforce


Would really value input from anybody here on this forum!

In 2014 I was made redundant at my job (as an accountant) and since then I've basically been a stay at home dad. My kid's off to school next year and I will need to get back to work. But with my wife's job I have some flexibility about when I would return to work so I was considering doing an MBA to get my head back in the game and meet people.

We are in London and have no plans to move so I've shortlisted Cass and Imperial. A couple of quick questions:

- Would it be a problem to apply to these MBAs with virtually no work experience since 2014? (Before I was made redundant I had been working for almost 6 years.)
- Would these schools be interested in me? Are there others I can look at? I have not considered LBS due to the increased time commitment.

Thank you!
Would really value input from anybody here on this forum!

In 2014 I was made redundant at my job (as an accountant) and since then I've basically been a stay at home dad. My kid's off to school next year and I will need to get back to work. But with my wife's job I have some flexibility about when I would return to work so I was considering doing an MBA to get my head back in the game and meet people.

We are in London and have no plans to move so I've shortlisted Cass and Imperial. A couple of quick questions:

- Would it be a problem to apply to these MBAs with virtually no work experience since 2014? (Before I was made redundant I had been working for almost 6 years.)
- Would these schools be interested in me? Are there others I can look at? I have not considered LBS due to the increased time commitment.

Thank you!
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In general, work experience gaps do tend to be tricky for business schools. You'll want to make sure you can line up solid letters of recommendation from previous employers, and maybe even consider doing some consulting gigs or part-time work in the meantime to accrue some more recent, relevant work experience, if at all possible.

To ease their concerns, you will want to get a strong GMAT score - this will signal to them that you're serious about returning to school.
In general, work experience gaps do tend to be tricky for business schools. You'll want to make sure you can line up solid letters of recommendation from previous employers, and maybe even consider doing some consulting gigs or part-time work in the meantime to accrue some more recent, relevant work experience, if at all possible.

To ease their concerns, you will want to get a strong GMAT score - this will signal to them that you're serious about returning to school.
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Thanks for your help much appreciated. Letters of recommendation should not be a problem. I have not considered doing consulting but it may be possible to do something with my old firm. I will look into that, and the GMAT. Thanks again!
Thanks for your help much appreciated. Letters of recommendation should not be a problem. I have not considered doing consulting but it may be possible to do something with my old firm. I will look into that, and the GMAT. Thanks again!
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