I have been considering doing MBA(Operations and Supply Chain management.) for a while and after reading up a lot, I still have a lot of questions on my mind.
My profile and experiences are not very linear and straightforward in nature. Here is a summary-
Indian, male 28
Would like to pursue MBA since Management skills are very necessary while working in a manufacturing/production environment. I have supervised manufacturing processes and even provided training in previous positions. I felt that having a formal Management education really gives you the tools required to coordinate, manage all resources -people, material and machines.
Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering (GPA-3.6)- from a small Indian university (2007)
Masters in Industrial Engineering (GPA-3.8)-Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (2010)-Had a great GRE score at the time (1600/1800), was awarded full-tuition waver and Grad Assistantship.
6 month coop as Manufacturing Engineer at Cummins Engine.
6 months contract work at a small Engineering firm in Rochester, NY.
8 months contract work as Manufacturing Engineer in John Deere ((Being an international student I had a hard time finding someone to sponsor my work visa, hence the short duration assignments)
14 months work as Manufacturing Engineer in Caterpillar- managed to get my work visa sponsored. Adds up to approx. 3 years of work experience.
Some extra-curricular activities during college and later-nothing great. Started working as a volunteer with a UNICEF education program a month back.
Quit my job at Caterpillar due to mother's severe illness-moved back to India and took care of her for about an year, till she passed away.(From Dec '12-Dec '13). Was unable to work during the past 1 year, since I was managing her medications, treatment, hospital visits, etc. Have started preparing for GMAT and am confident to get atleast a 700. Have also started searching for a job and possibly have an Assistant Professor position lined up at a local Engineering university (I know out of line from my previous experience, but need the money to keep afloat)
I am focusing primarily on Canadian/Singapore universities (being more affordable than their US counterparts). Here are the ones that I am considering-
1. UBC Sauder school of business
2. Schulich School of Business, York Univeristy
3. SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY - BEEDIE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
4. University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management
5. National University of Singapore - NUS Business School
6. Nanyang Business School, Singapore
Do I have a chance at these universities? Am I targeting the right schools for my profile? I am planning to apply for Fall-2015 session.
Any guidance and tips will be greatly appreciated.