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Why You Need Work Experience

Because work experience, as reflected in personal essays and recommendations, is used to evaluate MBA applicants, excellent work experience can increase your admissions chances. MBA programs rarely accept students directly from college. Occasionally, however, graduating seniors may receive deferred admission from business schools if they have accepted a position with a prestigious consulting firm or investment bank where they plan to work for 2 to 3 years after graduation.

Business schools emphasize the importance of work experience because this experience develops problem solving, interpersonal, leadership, and teamwork skills in a way that undergraduate classes cannot. Work experience offers exposure to everyday business problems--problems considered in MBA coursework.

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