Will work experience improve my chances to get admission for an MBA program abroad?

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao      Post Date: 11 Jun 2023        
Definitely yes, I feel. It may not be an essential point but definitely, the candidate with work experience will have an edge over a fresh or no experience candidate.

Many Accredited institutes abroad ask for 2 to 3 years of work experience for admission. The top-ranked institutes in Europe, America and Canada ask for 4 to 5 years of experience.

I understand that top universities like Harvard, and Stanford may ask for a minimum of 3 years of experience. Many universities prefer to take experienced candidates even though they may not mention it as an eligibility criterion.

A candidate immediately after completing under graduation, may not have exposure to society and may not be able to understand the concepts that are being taught in the MBA curriculum. But a person with some experience in the industry will have a mature mind and also will have some practical skills that are acquired during the job. I feel. These skills will help a lot to the candidate while doing the course and also in getting placement after MBA. Candidates with having MBA and some experience in the industry will get higher salaries and perks than a candidate with MBA with no experience.

If the experience is in the relevant field, it will be very helpful, in my opinion. I have seen some executives who did their MBAs from ISBs. There is a big change in their work before and after their MBA.

Some of the institutes, consider internship experience as well as part-time work experience also as experience. Many universities ask for the job description of the job you did and they may prefer candidates who have skills like leadership skills, soft skills, team working skills and professional ethics. How your job impacted the organisation is also one of the points they may ask to consider your application, I understand. When there is tough competition, candidates with experience in relevant fields will be preferred.

It is always better, I feel, to mention our work experience in detail when we apply for a seat abroad for MBA.
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