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Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late?

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Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 07:51
I was talking to a few friends who already have their MBAs and they suggested that getting a MBA at age 30/31 isn't a very wise idea cauz I won't be able to move from an engineering role to a business development/product management type role.

I have about 8-9 years of exp as an engineer since I completed my undergraduate studies at Age 21. I would like to go for a FT MBA and switch into business development type or product management type roles in the tech sector itself. Is 30/31 just too old for a FT MBA from a top 20 school?

I live in the bay area. Should I instead look at a PT MBA. Will a PT MBA help me move from engineering to biz dev, prod mgmt type roles?

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Re: Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 09:12
No it's not too late. There are a good number of 30+ students in top 20 MBA programs. Once you're in the program you have the same recruiting opportunities as anyone else. Your background in engineering should set you up well for a summer internship in tech product management. Once you have the internship then it's up to your performance whether or not you get the full-time offer. Did your friends give you any concrete reasons why they say you won't be able to move to the type of role you want. I know Google won't even look at anyone for a product management role that doesn't have engineering or a CS background.
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Re: Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 10:51
They say that my age is a concern. If I matriculate at 31 and graduate at 33, I am too late to move into product mgmt, biz dev etc
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Re: Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 18:59
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That's a statement, not a reason. Why is 33 too late to transition into product management? If they can't give you a concrete answer for WHY then I'd take what they're saying with a hefty dose of salt.

A lot of people will tell you the same thing about consulting and banking jobs. However, many of my over 30 classmates are doing banking or consulting for their summer internships. So I guess what people say and what really happens don't necessarily align at all.
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Re: Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2013, 01:24
When your friend said something, there are valid reasons, although 31/33 is not too old.

Depending on schools, your age may or may not be too old. There are many schools in Europe where average age is 29-31. But is US, average age is lower.

With a much lower class age (and experience), you may have following issues
a. Overall class discussions/case studies may be just theoretical.
b. Placement is a major issue. All the recruiters will come for an entry level profile. Irrespective of whether you are willing to start at the entry level, many of the recruiters will ignore you. You have to find your job through networks and that process is frustratingly slow with slim success rate.

I have quite a few friends in US schools who mentioned these two key issues.
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Re: Age-30/31. Engineer in the technology sector. Too late? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 08:44
wouldbecrazy wrote:
There are many schools in Europe where average age is 29-31. But is US, average age is lower.

In fact, I am under the impression that for some employers 30-40 would be perfect timing.

Some proven business models prefer to recruit former-technologists into top management positions, because it is believed that hands-on experience fosters the deep understanding that is necessary to make informed business decisions. This model seems particularly common in Japan, and I think it is becoming increasingly popular in the EU. In those cases, specialised finance/administrative training at a young age prepares a person for supportive roles only.

I find it odd that, despite globalisation, business models continue to vary by nation and continent. The differences should not matter because, at least where I'm sat, age-discrimination is absolutely illegal.
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