Work experience is an important part of your application for business school. If you don’t have work experience, you may find it to be more difficult to get into business school, but it is not impossible. If you intend to go to a full-time one or two-year program, you will need to have work experience. The course schedules for these programs often do not allow for work during the school year, but the two-year program does give you a summer off to do an internship. Part-time programs offer a little more flexibility because you can work full time while taking classes.
Your work experience can include internships or paid jobs, but perhaps more important than just working before business school is the type of work. Being a business leader in whatever job you have can reflect well on your business school application, but if you don’t have work experience of any sort, don’t worry. Business school applications have multiple parts for a reason. Your recommendations, GMAT score, GPA, work experience, and essay all play a role in whether or not you get into a school. You may be able to get into business school without work experience if you excel in other areas of your application, but keep in mind that some programs, especially the top schools, often require several years of experience in the business world before applying, with many schools’ admitted students having an average of about five years of work experience. If you would like to go to a top tier school, we would strongly recommend working first. However, if you are more concerned with convenience and location, your work experience may not be as large of a factor in your admittance into your school of choice. Just keep in mind that it is possible to “balance out” your application – if you are lacking in certain areas, like having no work experience, you just need to make sure you excel in other parts of your application.
To make your application shine if you don’t have work experience, you will want to focus on getting a great GMAT score as well as finding important people to write your recommendations. While Testmasters cannot write a recommendation letter for you, we can help you with improving your GMAT score to put your best foot forward when you apply to business school.