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How a Gap year is looked at by the B-Schools if it comes after working for 3.5 years.

How a Gap year is looked at by the B-Schools if it comes after working for 3.5 years.

Amit Raj, MBA Aspirant asked 11 months ago

Since i am looking for a switch in career from IT sector to Finance ( Investment manager or PMS to be specific). And for that reason I have started CFA, to boost my knowledge and to show the admission Panel that i am serious about this switch in career. I have also completed 4-5 Finance related courses online. But Preparing for CAT and doing my CFA along with the Job is turning out to be very hectic and since i already have a 3+ years of experience, i can’t afford to get a bad CAT score this time around (this year i score a mere 90%ile). So i was thinking about resigning from my work to fully focus on CFA and CAT prep. and along with it i was thinking about joining a NGO . But i am not sure how the Interview Panels will see this, what kind of negative effect it can have on my chances if any ? Please suggest what else can be done during this break to justify my Gap and multi tasking ability (if doing CFA , CAT prep and NGO work is not enough to convince the panels about it ) . Also please suggest about the kind of NGO work can add more value to one’s profile if any.
Thanks.

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