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Am I too late to start my application [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 06:10
Note: I am interested in Master of Management programs across Europe with most deadlines in May. I'm currently working on a BSc. in Physics. I do not feel ready for an MBA as on this stage (not yet decided on a career track and only internship experience) I think I won't fully utilize my participation in such a program.

Now the question: I recently started preparing for the GMAT test with the idea of taking it in the end of March which is reasonable. On the other hand I am graduating in June so on top I have to write a thesis and deal with the whole application process (most application deadlines I'm concerned with are in May). I have two options now:
1. Rush trough the process and apply barely making the deadlines. Here I'm decreasing my chances because my application will be among the last ones to be reviewed. Would a rejection now decrease my chances of applying in the future
2. Wait a year. This will probably give me really good scores on GMAT and decent essays but how do I justify this gap year.

Every sort of advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Re: Am I too late to start my application [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 06:20
It seems you are very uncertain about applying this year. Your gut feeling is probably correct. Focus on doing well in your classes and your thesis, and try obtaining relevant work experience. You will probably optimize your GMAT score with thorough, dedicated study and will have plenty of time to think about your goals and what program is more suitable for you.

Rushing at the last minute to take GMAT, thesis, and applying will be a very stressful time for you and most likely will not be optimal.
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Re: Am I too late to start my application [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 07:25
Thank you for your reply mp2437. This is the direction I'm leaning towards but most trainee programs are already closed. I need to work for sure as I have to be make my loan installments for my BS but finding a job now is not an easy task. If my job is not relevant and I'm doing it just for the money would it harm my application and do I have to mention it at all?
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Re: Am I too late to start my application [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2010, 07:38
Ideally you would want a job that is relevant, however, everyone and their mother knows of the global employment situation. People have to do what they have to do to make it. I think you taking any work and applying the best of your skill set to improve your job speaks greatly of your abilities.
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