What to do if you have Low Work Experience in MBA Application


Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t compete with experienced applicants for a job opening even with all your first class, honors and distinctions? They demand experience. But here’s the thing. If you don’t have experience, you don’t have a job. If you don’t have a job, you don’t have experience.

This is a vicious cycle that can plague you for the rest of your life. So, how do you get out of it?


Getting admission to an MBA course is not easy. Well, there may be an element of luck involved, but it is minuscule in comparison to other cards up your sleeve. B-schools choose their students with judicial scanning, because of their reputation and turn over depends on their candidates.

At the very least, they aim to get students with GMAT score 600 to 780, English language proficiency with IELTS or TOEFL, work experience of at least 2 to 4 years. Additionally, B-schools prefer experienced students. The reason behind this logic is that their students can also complement the theory they learnt with their own experience as a manager or working for one.

MBA programs generally last for 2, 3 or even four years. Incidentally, B-schools require at least 2 to four years’ experience of full-time job and four years’ worth of experience in a part-time job of minimum 20 hours a week. While that may be true about most institutions, there are some top ones which do not require work experience at all. Instead, they need an impressive resume. So start your hunt and find out the institutions which are interested in your academic career. It might not be your initial choice, but it is a step-up from your current condition.


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So, people in active service aspiring to enroll for an MBA may find it difficult to satisfy the educational criteria. In such cases, the better choice is opting for an online MBA. In the UK, USA and Canada as well, some B-school don’t ask for experience. For example B-schools in Toronto, Canada does not ask for experience. If you opt for online MBA in Canada and get work experience as well, then your chances of getting a good job are enhanced.

However, it becomes difficult to fulfil the conditions of experience if you have not held a managerial position before, in any capacity. This is just like the vicious cycle we discussed before.

Your application and resume are scrutinized on the basis of a plethora of aspects. Your admission is only confirmed subject to you fulfilling their satisfaction that you hold the relevant managerial skills. Here are some tips to compensate for the lack of experience.

Face it. You must appear for the GMAT and get an impressive score unless you find a way around it. Think of it as a stepping stone.

Get small jobs such as an internship or apprenticeship in any relevant industry which can be counted as work experience. If you are unable to get a job, an official training, volunteering in any charity, special events or a Microenterprise Developer Program in any institution can work too. Take some active part in a task that shows your leadership quality.

All that remains is to showcase all these extracurricular activities in an attractive way on your resume. Remember that presentation is everything! Display these activities in the context which is most relevant to your choice of specialization.

Compose your resume considering the following points:

1.    An attractive heading statement

2.    A chronological resume format

3.    Necessary technical details

4.    Highlights of achievements and accomplishments and

5.    Underline education and relevant skills.

That’s just a start. 

If you have any college activity or apprenticeships in seamanship, carpentry, cooking, childcare development, construction, dental assistants, electrical work etc., you get the experience of dealing with people, talkativeness, acquaintances and most importantly, marketing skill.

So start thinking outside the box and try to gauge what your institution needs to progress your goals!