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Should I mention the fact that I am a father?

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Should I mention the fact that I am a father?

Post Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:50 pm
On an MBA application can fatherhood be considered as an accomplishment or an EC? Quiet honestly I don't have any EC's right now because if I'm not at work I'm out being a dad.

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Post Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:00 am
gmatsa wrote:
On an MBA application can fatherhood be considered as an accomplishment or an EC?
Not really. Although an amazing thing, it applies to every father, and is not likely to help you boost your application. I would suggest looking elsewhere for your stories.

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Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:54 pm
I would also say watch out for this when applying to schools such as Harvard and Stanford, who are known to now favor younger candidates. They're seemingly worried about their 100 2+2 students and other traditional students (out of Consulting or i-banking after just 2-4yrs of WE) meshing with older candidates. Even if you're "young" (25-28) by b-school standards, stating that you're also a father may hurt to an extent in how well they perceive you to relate to other students. It's not stated anywhere, but it's probably true.

In addition, they may worry about the "contribution" to their b-school issue. They know, and even you know, that being a father is not going to give you as much time to make the b-school a better place compared to those who aren't parents yet.

I would say only mention it if you have an AMAZING story about it, because they'll still make room for you if there is, otherwise, with Harvard and Stanford, I think it may hurt your chances.

Schools whose median age is higher would be where I'd feel more comfortable revealing fatherhood.

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Post Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:00 am
gmatsa wrote:
On an MBA application can fatherhood be considered as an accomplishment or an EC?
Not really. Although an amazing thing, it applies to every father, and is not likely to help you boost your application. I would suggest looking elsewhere for your stories.

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Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:54 pm
I would also say watch out for this when applying to schools such as Harvard and Stanford, who are known to now favor younger candidates. They're seemingly worried about their 100 2+2 students and other traditional students (out of Consulting or i-banking after just 2-4yrs of WE) meshing with older candidates. Even if you're "young" (25-28) by b-school standards, stating that you're also a father may hurt to an extent in how well they perceive you to relate to other students. It's not stated anywhere, but it's probably true.

In addition, they may worry about the "contribution" to their b-school issue. They know, and even you know, that being a father is not going to give you as much time to make the b-school a better place compared to those who aren't parents yet.

I would say only mention it if you have an AMAZING story about it, because they'll still make room for you if there is, otherwise, with Harvard and Stanford, I think it may hurt your chances.

Schools whose median age is higher would be where I'd feel more comfortable revealing fatherhood.

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