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Met a Wharton guy yesterday, he said I should change jobs at least once before applying since most of his classmates did more than 1 job. He recommended going to a startup for at least 1 year. I'm not sure since I feel like I've done many different "jobs" in consulting with different projects. Thoughts?

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Agreed I thought it was BS. Not relevant to my goals at all. Also all his advice was completely unsolicited and he acted like such a pompous dick. Maybe he was just trying to impress/hit on me? Totally lived up to the Wharton stereotype

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If you're gunning to HSW, you may need to because the EY brand (or any non-MBB firm for that matter) is very weak at those schools. Otherwise, their advice is total bs

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It's BS. There are enough people at top B schools who worked for just 1 firm. As long as you created impact, and progressed within the firm, you should be good.

Frankly I have never heard such a stupid suggestion (PS the one about changing job). Am not sure if startup experience is at all related to your post mba goals. If it isn't, that's another pathetic advice.

It holds some weight but definitely not necessary. It's just to differentiate from the dime a dozen consultants who apply. The startup job (industry and job function) should tie in with your post-MBA goals though

Does the EY/Big 4 brand really not hold as much weight at HSW? I guess I've always saw the application process as holistic?

@EY1 to give you an idea, 11 people from all of (global) Deloitte got into HBS last year... compare that to the 30-40 BCG acceptances. Especially when you take the size of the companies into account. The application is wholistic but you just don't get to do that much impressive stuff at Big4/ Accenture, compared to MBB

That's a very good point. Never thought of it that way

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