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Importance of years of experience for post-MBA role?

New answer on Apr 11, 2024
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 11, 2024

I know minimum is 2 years to get into a top business school (some people go with this experience due to deferred programs, etc.) However the average WE at business schools is 3 - 5 years.

Does being on the lower end of work experience affect your chances negatively at interviewing for an MBA internship?

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replied on Apr 11, 2024
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Having less experience makes your value proposition weaker. 

But there are multiple criteria that are assessed during the selection process for business schools. So don't let this get you down. 

Make sure that you control for the others. 

If you're considering an MBA, you might find this resource useful:


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replied on Apr 11, 2024
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If you get into a top 5 B School with 2 years work ex then you should be fine to join as an Associate at MBB. If it's not a top B-School and you have low work ex then yes it will be harder to break into a top consulting firm.

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It can have some impact. Not very significant, but if you only have 2 years experience it lowers your value. Also note that the “quality” of the experience matters. 2 years in a high-demanding environment has very low impact; 2 years in a less-demanding environment may be perceived as a negative.

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