Forum: Application & Admission (2 Comments)

Is this too much work experience?

  • Posted by - FK0809 - on 28 September 2016 - 3:28pm

    Hi there,

    I am hoping you would be kind enough to shed some light on my situation. I graduated in Dec 2014 with a degree in International Development from McGill University, Canada and am looking to begin my applications for MiM programs (top choices being ESADE and IE Business School).

    Not going in to too much detail on my profile, as I can assess that via your e-book which I plan to read, I am mainly concerned by my level of work experience. I have spent the last 16 months working as a research assistant at a local investment advisory firm, and I plan to resign once I reach the 18 month mark to focus on school applications and keep busy with volunteer activities and travelling. I know many of these programs require little to no work experience so I am worried that the level of experience I have will leave me less suited to the programs.

    My reason for pursuing an MiM over an MBA is that I want to gain formal qualifications in the field of management and finance (as my Bachelor's degree is within another discipline) so that I can fine tune my career path asap - as opposed to waiting till I have enough solid work experience to get into a reputable MBA program.

    Would be so grateful to hear your thoughts Thomas, thank you!

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 30 September 2016 - 1:18pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your message. It is true that in general a MIM is for people without work experience or with less than 2 years of work experience. The MBA is for people with work experience, ideally with a minimum of 3 years but sometimes also for people with two years only.

      I would say you have two options at the moment. Apply for a MIM now or keep on working and apply for a MBA in a year or later.

      What strikes me is your message that you want to quit your job after 18 months "to focus on school applications and keep busy with volunteer activities and travelling." Of course, this your decision - but from a school's perspective this may be a disadvantage for your application.

      Business Schools want people with work experience, peoole who have a career ambition. Quitting your first position is not in that spirit; quitting to travel also not really; quitting for voluntary works... well, why not doing voluntary work besides your job? QUitting to prepare for applications is not persuasive also.

      I may be wrong but this is my intuition and I want to make you aware of that.

      best wishes,

      by Thomas Graf
      Author of MIM eBooks