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How much does work experience matter?

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Unless your work experience is somehow related to the field--publishing, editing, some sort of journalism--work experience will probably count very little. The most important thing adcomms look for in an application is the ability to succeed (i.e., read, write, and conduct research at the doctoral level) in their program. Generally speaking, work experience will not evince this ability.

That being said, work experience can contribute usefully to the SOP. If you have taken time off after undergrad, you might write about your work experience, and how it has convinced you that where you belong is in academia.

Edited by Stately Plump
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