Gap in the Career.

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  • Posted by gaurav on 02/14/17 5:32pm

    Respected Members,

    I am a bcom graduate from indian university. But, there is a career gap in my life. After graduating in 2014, i was trying to pass professional exams(professional course) but didn't succeed. so there is a two year gap in my career (2014 to 2016). now i finally decided to make the career in management field. so i want to start the career by doing Master of management course as it doesn't need experience.

    Now, i need suggestions

    1. whether this career gap of two year will decrease my chances of admission in business school or year gap will stop me to pursue this course? how to justify this year gap?

    2. secondly, i am afraid of gmat. so are there any good b-schools( in canada & UK) that don't require gmat? OR if gmat is very necessary, then i have to give exam and score well in gmat.

    please help me.

    Thanking YOU

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 02/15/17 11:30am


      There are more than 650 Master in Management programs out there and if you read my eBook "The MIM: Entry Requirements", you see how different their admission criteria are and actually what schoools expect. So, I recommend you to read it first.

      Second, I strongly recommend you to go for the GMAT. There are many programs without the GMAT of course, just visit the admission webpages of your target schools in the UK or wherever to find it out - but if you feel that you have a rather weak cv in terms of breaks or career path, a very good GMAT score good help you enter a more prestigious program.

      As for your career gap, there is nothing else to do than saying the truth in my opinion. Some schools will prefer other applicants without such a gap - in the same way as some schools will prefer other applications because of better grades or more interesting internships listed on the cv. But that's the way it is. You have to be honest to yourself and the schools in my opinion and accept that you may find a good but not necessarily the most prestigious Master in Management.

      Do the GMAT and prepare well for it. Develop a clear (and honest) story of what you did so far, what your motivations and goals are today and why you wish to do a Master in Management (what you wish to do after it and why a Master in Management could help you here). Then contact some schools of your interest and ask them to bring you in contact with current students, alumni or an admissions manager - and tell your story and ask for advice if they recommend you to apply.

      All the best and good luck,

      By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by gaurav on 04/11/17 10:44am

      Hello sir,

      sir, u gave me some suggestions that "you can email to university/b-schools and ask them about your eligibility and chances of admission in top b-schools in canada". and this suggestion is also given in your e-book i think.

      so, after investigating this method, result is I will not get admission in top 10 business schools in canada because of these reasons:

      1. some b-schools require 4 year bachelors degree. but i have bcom honours which is 3 year. like windsor university
      2. my age. Actually, mim course is just after graduation OR maximum 1 year experienced applicant. so many business schools in canada deleted me because there is a two year gap in my career. Example- sauder b school,mcmaster univ,schulich b school,etc.
      3. extra curricular activities. i don't have any sort of other activities. so my CV is weak. so b-schools felt that i am not a perfect applicant like Ivey business school.

      So Now, for doing a management course, i am looking for community colleges to apply. HUMBER college and ROYAL ROAD UNIVERSITY. these are good colleges but not highly ranked.They have a very good program in management.

      Sir please suggest me whether to go with this decision or not.

      I want to start my career in management from entry level. after taking 5-6 years of experience, i will do mba from reputed b-school for mid or senior level management position.

      please help me sir.
      Thank you

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 04/11/17 2:58pm


        thank you for your message. First of all, I am happy that my methdology works for you and brought you feasible answers (even though the answers themselves are not what you hoped for).

        As for your question whether to move on with one of these colleges, I would like to direct your attention back to my methodology as outlined step-by-step in my "Business Masters" eBook. What's the first step before you investigate in b-schools? Having done this first step, which criteria should you apply when you put schools on your short list?

        Best wishes,

        By Thomas Graf
        MIM Compass Founder

    • Posted by Nidhi on 04/08/21 12:17pm

      Hey! I am in exactly the same position. Can I connect with you?- Linkedin or anywhere

  • Posted by prince on 02/11/19 12:59pm

    hello, i have done my 12th in 2009 and bachelore will complete in 2020, is this acceptable for mim? im planning for 2020 session

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 02/12/19 11:26am

    Hi there,

    formally, you need a first academic deree - such as the bachelor - to study a Master (e.g, the MIM). You din't need work experience. So, yes, you can apply for a MIM in 2020. If the school requires more than just a first degree can be found out either through the websites of the schools or my survey "The MIM - Entry requirements for the Master in Management".

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Revti on 03/02/19 5:26pm

    Hello members,

    Greetings of the day!

    I would like to highlight my background below and would like your expert views on my queries.
    I have done my 4 years bachelor's degree, and took a gap year after my graduation. I will have a work experience of 2 full years in August and I wish to join MIM course in 2020. Hence, I would like to know if I will be eligible for the course? Also, considering my gap after August 2019 till session starting of MIM course will that be counted in my gap year aswell?

    Total gap duration: 1 year and 6 months
    Work experience duration: 2 years

    Looking forward to your response.

    Kind Regards,

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 03/04/19 11:22pm

    Hi there,

    with 2 years of work experience in August 2019 and even more with three years when you start your Master's, you are NOT an MIM candidate anymore. You can go for an MBA, however, if you are interested in general management education.

    Please read my article difference between an MIM and MBA.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Tanuj on 03/18/19 6:19pm

    Hello Sir ,
    I am an electronic engineer graduate from India . My pointers are

    1] Graduated in 2014 and applied to various jobs but got declined. 2 ] 0 Work experience 2 ] As of now in Mar , 2019 I have 5 years of gap . 3 ] I have undertaken German course at Goethe - Kolkata and currently at A2 level . 4] Scored 740 in GMAT examination and IELTS band 8 in 2018.

    What are prospects for MiM or MBA in Germany or France or any where in UK / US ?
    Which colleges should I target that would give me admission for management courses.?


    • Posted by Mayank on 05/18/22 3:04pm

      Did anything worked out for you? I have a gap year of 4 years after my graduation with zero work experience.

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 03/19/19 10:27am

    Hi there,

    without work experience you will not be eligible for an MBA but you can apply for a Master in Management (MIM) or any otger so-called pre-experience Master (that is a Master that does not require work experience).

    Which schools to target depends on what you want. At the moment, it seems that you are still in an early stage on investigating your future education. So I recommend you to carefully read my eBook Business Masters - this will give you (1) a profound overview on the area of business masters including MIM and MBA and (2) a step-by-step procedure on finding "your best" program.

    Feel welcome to come back here with your questions once you have read it.

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Rohan on 05/02/19 3:47pm

    I have completed my graduation in specializing in finance in the year 2018. Currently I am working as a digital marketing intern. I am planning to go fro mba but, recently i heard about mim and after doing some research it looks a viable option. Right now i am confused a bit so as to which course to opt for as both seem like great options that one would like to be associated with.

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 05/03/19 10:22am

    Hi there,

    I recommend you two sources of information:

    1. My article on the difference between the Master in Management (MIM) and the MBA
    2. My eBook How you find the best Master in Management or MBA

    Best wishes,

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook

  • Posted by Amogh on 12/18/19 8:54pm

    I'm looking forward for my mim and will apply to colleges next year sep 2020 and right now I'm managing my father's real estate business so can i apply for mim from bschools i graduated this year in July

  • Posted by Anjali on 07/06/20 12:59am


    I'm a literature student from the University of Delhi. I graduated in 2019. I took up an internship in the field of Human Resources after graduation and then worked as a Business Development Executive for 3 months. Now, I'm preparing for my GMAT exam and willing to join CEMS MiM in 2021. I have relevant co-curricular achievements and I'm proficient in german language as well (Level-C1).

    • Will the 2-years gap affect my application?
    • What are some other ways to improve my profile apart from GMAT and online courses?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 07/06/20 9:34am

    Hi there,

    please check out the survey The MIM - Entry Requirements for the Master in Management to see the admissions criteria of 53 business schools and their selection focus.

    As for the CEMS MIM, you need to have a bachelor degree in business or economics to my best knowledge.

    Best wishes,
    Thomas Graf

    Founder of the MIM Compass
    Author of the MIM eBooks