Each year we hear from a few people who think that their professional position is a liability: “I am a school teacher. Maybe if I transitioned to consulting, I would get into the school of my dreams.” While bankers and consultants are certainly well represented at top business schools and teachers are not, this is not evidence of a bias among admissions officers, but of the nature of those workplaces. Most bankers and consultants need an MBA to progress past a certain point on the corporate ladder, whereas no teacher truly needs that MBA to progress.
What is more important than focusing on an industry or on a particular community endeavor (Big Brothers Big Sisters is not “better” than the United Way which is not “better” than volunteering at a seniors’ home) is your performance in your endeavors. There are places in the MBA classes for high-performing consultants, bankers, and teachers, something which cannot be said for low-performing individuals in any field. Top programs want a diversity of experience in their classrooms and they want the promise of achievement going forward, not a job title.
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