Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Just a disclaimer that having or not having prior work experience does not outright reject you from any of the cohorts (fields like marketing, finance, consulting, etc.). Some companies set criteria of ‘X’ months of work experience without which an applicant cannot apply. But, such companies are very less in number.
Having said that, at IIM Ahmedabad, it is a generally observed trend that some cohorts weigh candidates with work experience more than others. Now, this may be a coincidence, if you like to call it so, but it has been observed over the years. Again, not meeting the generally observed trend doesn’t stop one from getting selected.
Consulting companies hire a mix of freshers and experienced students. It is one of the most balanced cohorts in that regard. There is a tendency to look for relevant experience that can be used by the company for their projects but that experience need not be after one’s graduation. Internships, projects, interests and extra-curricular participation counts as much.
Marketing companies tend to shortlist freshers. Again, a lot of students with work experience do get selected. It is probably the tendency of freshers to apply more for marketing roles which may be giving rise to this trend.