Forum: General Forum (4 Comments)

Regarding Letter of Recommendation

  • Posted by - AnkitSaxena - on 22 July 2015 - 9:25am

    I am planning to apply for MIM, but the problem is that I worked in a company for only 2 months and due to some reasons I had to leave it. But during those 2 months I made a great relation with my Managing Editor, and hence, willing to get the LOR from him only. Now I am working in some other company but will that be fine if I take LOR from my previous company, as I have worked only for two months there? Will there be any negative impact on my applications?

    Please reply.


    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 22 July 2015 - 10:10am

      Hi there,

      here are some general thoughts: When you apply for post-experience programs such as an MBA, the purpose behind a LOR is that the school receives information about you from someone who experienced you in your workplace. In that case, a longterm relationship with the person who writes the LOR (e.g., a colleague, your boss, client etc.) is more apt than a 2 months relationship.

      In the case of pre-experience Masters in Management (MIM), however, work experience is not expected at all (at least in most cases). The LOR, hence, should come from your professor.

      So far for the general thoughts. My personal thought is: A LOR from someone who knows you or worked with you for just 2 months is worthless. It doesn't provide any meaningful information about your capability to be the right person for the program. Of course, it is questionable if a university professor has the ability to do that - but since most schools expect a professor's LOR, I would choose this type of person. In any case, read the requirements section of your target school carefully and find out what they want.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf
      Owner MIM Compass
      Author of the MIM eBook

      • Posted by - AnkitSaxena - on 22 July 2015 - 10:52am

        Hello Thomas,

        Thanks a lot for your reply and thanks for clearing my doubt. The thing is that, in most of the schools, they were asking at least two LORs, and both can be from the University professors, or if I am working then, one from the professor and one from the colleague or from someone in the company I know well.

        However, I want to know one more thing that, as I completed my graduation in 2013, and have done some internships and now have 5 months of professional work experience, will that be fine if still I take the LOR from my professors or I should take one from the professor and one from the company? The reason of asking this question is just because I graduated my college in 2013.


        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 22 July 2015 - 1:03pm

          To be honest, I don't think it makes much difference for the schools. If you apply for a school that allows for both, a university professor and a business colleague etc. - then I would take both of them - even if the business contact just knows you for 2 months. I think it would look a bit strange if you don't provide a business contact after being in business for 5 months.

          As I said, I don't see much value in the business testimonial - but I also don't think that the schools care too much about it and the pure signal of 1 professor and 1 business contact will be fine.