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    As a science student I would need a few years of business experience before applying for a business specialised masters. Is it possible for me to get the necessary experience during my gap year I.e before I actually get my bachelors?
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    (Original post by Thighs)
    As a science student I would need a few years of business experience before applying for a business specialised masters. Is it possible for me to get the necessary experience during my gap year I.e before I actually get my bachelors?
    You mean before you o to uni or some break mid degree?

    Yes you can get experience, but whoever is reviewing your application will look at all aspects including the quality of your experience. Whether it is easy or hard to get onto the course should be clear from the criteria they set. For low demand degrees then they arent going to worry. For high demand then you are likely to be up against people with considerably more work experience.

    You will just have to apply and see what you can get.
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    What masters exactly are you talking about?

    For a generic finance course or such like, they are more likely to care about how numerate you are than business experience.

    For an MBA you typically require 2+ years of experience in a business management role (NB this does not mean "team leader at Costa"). This is necessarily not something you can achieve in a gap year, as a) it's too short a time and b) you're far unqualified to be in such a position at that point.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    You mean before you o to uni or some break mid degree?

    Yes you can get experience, but whoever is reviewing your application will look at all aspects including the quality of your experience. Whether it is easy or hard to get onto the course should be clear from the criteria they set. For low demand degrees then they arent going to worry. For high demand then you are likely to be up against people with considerably more work experience.

    You will just have to apply and see what you can get.
    I mean during a gap year after my second year of uni. So you are saying a year of business experience before I get my bachelors is less desirable than a year of business experience when I am post graduate? Is there a considerable difference between the type of business admin work I can get post grad versus during a gap year? Seeing as I will need training in both situations.
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    What masters exactly are you talking about?

    For a generic finance course or such like, they are more likely to care about how numerate you are than business experience.

    For an MBA you typically require 2+ years of experience in a business management role (NB this does not mean "team leader at Costa". This is necessarily not something you can achieve in a gap year, as a) it's too short a time and b) you're far unqualified to be in such a position at that point.
    Not an MBA, but I have been told that international management is more aimed towards students with a non business background and that I would require a few years of working for experience before I apply. I wanted to know if my gap year can go towards those few years of experience.
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    (Original post by Thighs)
    I mean during a gap year after my second year of uni. So you are saying a year of business experience before I get my bachelors is less desirable than a year of business experience when I am post graduate? Is there a considerable difference between the type of business admin work I can get post grad versus during a gap year? Seeing as I will need training in both situations.
    Im saying it depends what you get. In one of those situations you have a degree and in the other you do not. In any event you are competing against people with several years experience.
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    (Original post by Thighs)
    Not an MBA, but I have been told that international management is more aimed towards students with a non business background and that I would require a few years of working for experience before I apply. I wanted to know if my gap year can go towards those few years of experience.
    No reason why not, but its what you did that will matter.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Im saying it depends what you get. In one of those situations you have a degree and in the other you do not. In any event you are competing against people with several years experience.
    I was under the assumption that the experience required for business masters was work experience that was aimed at post graduates. I have been told that it is possible for me to get admin work to build my cv but I didn't think that the type of work would be relevant for business masters.
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    (Original post by Thighs)
    I was under the assumption that the experience required for business masters was work experience that was aimed at post graduates. I have been told that it is possible for me to get admin work to build my cv but I didn't think that the type of work would be relevant for business masters.
    As I said it depends on quality and how you sell it. Your experience will be compared against other applicants. If you have done more senior work at a greater level then they will obviously view that as more useful. Being a manager is going to be superior than just some temp clerical work.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    As I said it depends on quality and how you sell it. Your experience will be compared against other applicants. If you have done more senior work at a greater level then they will obviously view that as more useful. Being a manager is going to be superior than just some temp clerical work.
    im afraid the fact that I would not have had my bachelors in hand would mean I would be given clerical work as opposed to senior/managerial work.
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    (Original post by Thighs)
    im afraid the fact that I would not have had my bachelors in hand would mean I would be given clerical work as opposed to senior/managerial work.
    Arent we going round in circles here? You have a better chance of better experience post degree when you have a completed qualification, but even then there are no guarantees. Just ask the uni what sort of min they expect and at what level, then apply when you have it.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Arent we going round in circles here? You have a better chance of better experience post degree when you have a completed qualification, but even then there are no guarantees. Just ask the uni what sort of min they expect and at what level, then apply when you have it.
    lol sorry I'm just lamenting over my recent grades and need someone to talk to, but thanks for the advice. I'm going to ask around various universities.
 
 
 
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