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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 02:31
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Hi Dr.Watts,
Could you please provide me some detail information on the big Real Estate companies(names, what percentage they recruit etc.) in US,recruiting from top 20 b-Schools out there...?
What is the average package for these firms for fresh top 20 b-Schools grads in US?

What is the reasonable and expected salary growth 3-5 years down the line with these firms?

How do your see the growth prospects of these firms and career growth with them as compared to big Consultancy firms? (If comparable to any extent at all...)

Much appreciate your feedback on this.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 03 May 2013, 11:52
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Hi Dr.Watts,
Could you please provide me some detail information on the big Real Estate companies(names, what percentage they recruit etc.) in US,recruiting from top 20 b-Schools out there...?
What is the average package for these firms for fresh top 20 b-Schools grads in US?

What is the reasonable and expected salary growth 3-5 years down the line with these firms?

How do your see the growth prospects of these firms and career growth with them as compared to big Consultancy firms? (If comparable to any extent at all...)

Much appreciate your feedback on this.


Hi Dr.Watts,
Any update on this?

Look forward to your reply.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 05 May 2013, 09:07
Dear Dr. Watts,
I would like to hear what you think about my profile - Specific questions are at the end

Indian/Male/25

GMAT: 740 (Q50, V39)

WORK EXPERIENCE: July 2010 - Present (2 years 10 months)
Working as Drilling Fluids Field Engineer for one of the top 3 oilfield products and service providers in the world.

• Managed delivery of drilling fluids products & services in 20 Oil & Gas exploration projects with median drilling fluids budget of $500,000.
• Responsibilities included but not limited to drilling fluids formulation and management, daily reporting & costing, inventory & contingency management and ensuring adherence to HSE standards.
• Worked on offshore & onshore drilling sites in multiple countries viz. Papua New Guinea, Oman, Bangladesh, Gulf of Thailand, Bangladesh & India for elite national and international energy companies. Worked with multinational personnel in culturally diverse, highly dynamic and often harsh work environs.
• Attended professional training courses in USA along with engineers and managers from multiple nationalities.
• Successfully led teams of 10 or more members of local drilling crews as drilling fluids site supervisor.
• Trained and assessed junior field engineers and technology scientists in the area of rig operations management.
Achievements at Work: Successfully tested two new technologies for 2 different clients on rig site which increased oil well production, and also increased revenue for my company.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Freelance Consulting
• Optimized resources & strategically modified shop floor layout using KAIZEN methodology for a CNG & LPG Kits manufacturer. Implemented standard safety norms at shop floors and imparted operational training to workers. This resulted in decreased in-process inventory, safer working conditions and 30% increment in plant productivity.
• Developed market entry & distribution strategy for a local Speed Limiting Device manufacturer. Led to 40% sales escalation by incorporation of OEMs, vehicle retailer tie-ups and setup of 3 retro fitting centers.
Leadership Roles
• As convener, led a team of 100 students to organize the annual cultural festival of my undergraduate school. Arranged a total sponsorship of $ 60,000 for the festival, which recorded a footfall of 20,000 over 4 days.
• Served as Public Relations Coordinator of a non-profit organization aimed at creating awareness against terrorism.
• As Head of Student Council in senior high school, organized various cultural, academic and sports events and represented school at national level.
• Also, gave private mathematics tuition to make ends meet while in college. Basically worked my way through college doing any job I could get my hands at.

EDUCATION
Bachelor Of Engg., Manufacturing Processes & Automation from one of the top 8 engineering institutes of India. SCORE - 75%, Top 15% of the class.
Class XII - 91% - Merit Scholarship
Class X - 95 % - All India Rank #16, Merit Scholarship.

TARGET SCHOOLS
Harvard (2014-16 Batch)
ISB, India (2014-15 Batch)
INSEAD, France (2014-15 Batch - December Intake)
ESADE, Spain (2015-16 Batch)
IESE, Spain (2015-16 Batch)


POST MBA GOALS
The reason for MBA is that I want to expedite my career in the Oil & Gas sector. Post MBA, I have 3 choices (in order of preference) of what I would like to do to:
1. Work for Oil & Gas major operator like Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil or Repsol etc. in a O&G operations(drilling fluids) management role.
2. Work for the Oil & Gas practice of consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain & Co., BCG etc.
3. Work as a operations consultant for a Oil & Gas service company. (I would be happy to go back to the company I am working for now).

Also, I am really interested in working in Europe. ISB is more like a safety net for me with reasonable fee and more chances of being admitted. Harvard is more of an obsession. Right now, I am not sure whether I will apply to Harvard or not. But, I would still like to know about my chances there.


QUESTIONS:
1. General Evaluation of my profile.
2. My chances at my target schools?
3. Based on my post MBA goals, please suggest more target schools and also advice whether my current target schools are the right choice.
4. Considering the financial conditions and reducing no. of employment visas being granted in Europe, what are the chances of securing a long-term role in Europe post MBA? I plan to settle in Europe post-MBA.

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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 11 May 2013, 10:17
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Hi Dr.Watts,
Could you please provide any insights on what one should write/approach why one should get the scholarships in 2 year MBA program especially for US schools(top 15/20 )...?

Much appreciate your feedback on this.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2013, 01:57
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Hi Dr.Watts,
Can you provide info on European MBA?

Look forward to hear from you.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2013, 01:06
Hi,
I am a 24 year old male currently working with Infosys Ltd as a systems engineer and plan to continue working until June 2014.My work ex currently is 18 months and by the time i quit it will be 28 months.
I also have a CCNA certificate(Cisco certified network associate) in networking.

I am aiming for a GMAT score of about 700 and wish to apply for Fall 2014.
My undergrad was from Mumbai University in Electronics Engineering and my aggregate for 4 years is 67%(anything above 60 in Mumbai or Pune University is excellent)
Apart from my academics,i was the captain of the football team and have won a few intra college tournaments.I was also a part of my company football team.I have participated in a few cultural events in college as well as Technical events.


Could you please share a list of MBA schools i can realistically get admits from?
Any tips or advice will be appreciated.

Considering the job experience of most of the applicants to the top schools is greater than 4 i wish to know where i stand with my current profile.

Is it a better option to go for an MIM from a top university in Europe instead?
If so could you let me know my chances of getting into schools like HEC Paris,ESCP Europe,IE business school,CEMS,LSE and ESSEC France.

Awaiting your quick response.

Thanks and regards,
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2013, 23:47
Hi I have scored 680 in GMAT with 49Q and 33V

Education:
1. B.Tech Electronics & Communication - Vellore Institiute of Technology, India (76%)
2. Certificate Course in Strategic Management - London School of Economics, UK (A Grade)
3. Certified Advance Financial Modeller - KPMG

WorkEx:
1. Worked for 1 year in a Defence Manufacturing Firm, handled a major Missile Launcher's technical designs
2. Working currently with KPMG - Management Consulting from 2011. Was one among 6 who got double promoted of 1600 people who got promoted, got 3 salary hikes in a span of 2 years. Started off with x salary in KPMG now earn 2.6x

In KPMG: Worked for Leading B Schools (In Canada & UK) to develop India entry strategy for them, worked on setup of various Education institutions etc.
Worked extensively in the Railway sector, Highways, Aviation & Ports. Carried out feasibility studies, Business process improvement, market assessment, Financial viability, etc for clients. Have mostly Government clients with a few private clients too all of whom are the leading players of their sectors.
One of the youngest employees to bring in new clients to the firm with a project worth over $200,000.

Publications:
Have 4 Publications
1. Published by the government
2. Published by IEEE (International Electronics Journal)
3. Published by IIM Calcutta
4. Published by an International Computers Journal

Extra Curriculars:
I am holding a leadership position in one of the prominent NGOs in Delhi. Have done extensive volunteering and fund raising activity.
have organized many events in college etc.

Awards:
Won an International Business Plan competition on Clean Energy/Water, in 2010
Paper adjudged as “The Best Paper of the International Conference" in IIM Calcutta

Internships:
I have done 5 internships during my B.Tech in different companies different sectors.

Kindly let me know if my Profile combined with my GMAT score stands any chance in some of the best B Schools in USA.
Also I plan to apply in ISB, please let me know if I have a fighting chance there.

Do I need to seriously consider retaking the GMAT to get a higher score?

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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2013, 07:00
Hi,

Kindly evaluate my profile and share your feedback.

Work Exp -
Completed three years in IT industry. To be more specific, I am working in one of the leading companies in telecommunication domain.
Have worked on some of the flagship smartphone models.
Was appreciated by the Project Lead in HQ for my contribution.
Have been appreciated by management for taking up tasks that did not fall in my domain.
Have been appreciated for providing novel ideas. Two of those have been logged as idea patents and are under review.

International Exp - Traveled thrice to HQ. Total duration - 6 months

Academics -
An Engineering graduate from one of the renowned colleges of India.
Hold a CGPA of 9.33 on a scale of 10. Third rank holder in the branch
Have received merit scholarship (awarded to top three students of the branch) for all the four years.
I converted call from one of the top IIMs this year but did not join because I want to explore better options.

GMAT -
Will be writing in September. Hoping for 700+

Extra curricular -

1. Have been associated with an NGO that works for Child Rights. Have led one of the Public Action Groups in the city. Organized various events
2. Associated with an NGO that works for environment. Even though I don't have any experience in the field of Media & Communications, I led the Media team for one of the biggest campaigns of the NGO.
3. One of the core committee members of CSR group of the Company.Leading a team of over 100 volunteers
4. Participated in various events like Debate and Paper Presentation during college
5. Was core committee member of the Debate Club in College
6. Organized various events during college
7. Directed a documentary
8. Presented a technical paper in an International Conference. The paper got published in the journal.
9. I play guitar, though I am just a beginner

In short, I have been involved in a lot of activities. At times, I was never asked but I took the initiative to lead various teams.

Target Schools -
ISB, India
NUS
NTU
INSEAD
Wharton

I am also looking forward for a scholarship.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2013, 12:54
Dr Watts,
If you could please help evaluate my profile that would be much appreciated:

GMAT: 740
Undergraduate GPA: 3.44 (finance major at a top undergrad business program)
Work Experience: 2 years in Advisory in a Big 4 Firm (highly rated performer)
Extra Circulars: Nothing special to note.. lead a few internal intiatives at work

Target Schools: Columbia, Berkley, NYU, Penn, Northwestern (all 2 year full time MBA programs)

Can you please let me know if my target schools are realistic? My main leadership experience is via project management at my current job. I am looking to transition into a more finance role preferablly in real estate.
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2014, 00:31
Hi Dr.Watts,

(I hope this tread is active.)

First thing first, Thanks for this wonderful thread!

I need help in understanding my chances at Top 10 B-Schools (Sept 2015 entry). Below are details of my profile:

Academics
B.Tech 2005 (Electrical Eng) : 71 % (Gold Medalist)
M.tech 2008 (IIT Delhi, India) : 8.44 (GATE exam All India Rank 46 out of ~30,000 candidates)
GMAT : Planned, July 2014; based on GMAT PREP +ve about 720

Work Ex
• Years: 7 years (As on Sept 2014), Research and Development, Tata Motors Ltd., India
• Designation: Manager (Development)
• Profile: Working on product development area, mainly on the new generation of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle development
• Achievement: Few publications in the conference/magazine which are very well acknowledged in the respective field (E.g. SAE, IEEE, ATZ etc). I am a Talent Pool employee in the present company (~15 out of 40,000 employee every year get into talent pool) and got to attend Executive Management Training program at one of the premium Indian B School (That’s where started realizing importance of doing MBA to complete my skill + knowledge set for future endeavor and in the career progress)

Extra Curricular
• I worked as a full time "SBI Youth For India” fellow (2011-2012) in the rural development space. It’s a 1 year fellowship, with a focus on rural development. I took a sabbatical from my present employer and worked on livelihood project. 28 fellows were selected from all across India. I could publish one paper on the work done under this fellowship in STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FORUM of IIM Kozhikode (Under Top 8 B school from India); titled “Rural Local Retail: An innovative, self sustainable Social Business Model in Vegetable Business”
• Completed Paragliding pre-pilot level
• Completed French Level 1 certification

Certification
No international level certification; however Level 2 patent specialist Under TATA GROUP IP Management Program.

Target Program
Harvard……………………………… Stanford, MIT, LBS, INSEAD; As my school research is not extensive I would also like to know which are other schools where my profile and career goal would match

When you plan to apply
R1 Oct 2014

Your post-MBA goal
My long term goal is to start up a company in the area of Product Development ( To give a perspective, product development company like 3M)
With my work experience and Technical Education background I have developed the knowledge set required for such a venture however I am looking at following aspect to be covered by attending B-School:
1. Present and past student Network and prospective business partner
2. School name and the creditability with that to start new venture
3. Skill set to manage the business and required exposure
4. Peer Learning and divers thinking

If this doesn’t happen in immediate future (Post MBA) then I would like to join a Management Consultancy firm or a corporate position in Strategy and Planning vertical; which in long term would help me in setting up my firm.

I would like to understand how fair are my chances in Ivy-8 or above mentioned schools?
And which other schools you find would suitable for my profile?

I guess that’s all !!!

I sincerely thanks for all your time and efforts and waiting for your reply. (Moderator + Consultant)

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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2014, 09:51
Background
• Rich experience in Design, Innovation and Competitive Product Development.
• Due to keen interest in Design in general and Transportation Design in particular, pursued Engineering education to earn Masters in Design (Product Design &Engg.) from I.I.Sc. Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science) and also pursued professional career in Vehicle Design with two Top Automotive Companies in the World and India respectively.
• Experience evolved working through corporate design gates/processes & interaction with various stakeholders and vendors; close participation through cross functional teams in business processes like product definition, product planning, market positioning & innovation activities.
• In-depth understanding of design tools & methodologies; System/Process Design & IPR landscaping.
• Undertook initiatives in multidisciplinary/multicultural environments & in navigating uncertainty/handling ambiguity, championing customer focus & multidimensional problem solving with full confidence.
• Worked as a design lead and design jury member on various professional assignments.
• Wish to integrate formal knowledge in design with a penchant for enterprise creation to start an organization devoted to creating next generation mobility solutions. An MBA education in this regard would go a long way in helping me realize this objective.

Academics
• BE (Mechanical Engineering) 2003: 70%
• Masters in Design (IISc, Bangalore) 2008: 6.9/8.0 (10 students accepted into the prestigious design program every year from a pool of 10,000+ applicants)
• GMAT: 730

Professional Experience
• Years: 6 years (as on August 2014) in the Design Studio and R&D Centre and prior 2 years (2004-2006) at General Motors.
• Designation: Manager (ADVANCED DESIGN)
• Profile: Responsible for Exterior Design of Next-Generation Passenger Vehicles. Several projects are in production and have been displayed in International Auto Shows.

Achievements
• Responsible for exterior design of next gen vehicles (3); responsible for design of concept vehicles (2) showcasing the future vision of the company.
• Lead the future vision activities of the department through the design function.
• Exposed to vision/pre-concept research/positioning/branding/conceptual development/production design/systems development/integration and marketing aspects of full scale product (vehicle) development.
• I have completed one full ‘level 6’ (new platform) production vehicle program with exterior and interior design.
• Lead team in simulated enterprise creation & management workshops with spectacular results.
• I also mentor junior members of the team.

Extra-Curricular
• One of the top 50 innovators selected in India Innovation Growth Program in 2014 (Partners: Department of Science and Technology Govt of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation USA; Stanford Business School; University of Austin Texas)
• I am also an active member of the design team working on CSR activities of my organization in rural school development and modernization.
• Design Jury for one of the most prestigious design competitions in India for the year 2013.

Certification:
Several relevant to Product Development and Business Development through Design, several in core competencies and allied fields.
For example:
Interpretation by Design (BMW Germany); Customer Centric Workshop by RoadsAhead Consulting India; Trend & Design by Style-Vision Asia (France); Design Thinking Action Lab (Stanfordx); Innovation & Commercialization (MITx); several core design domain courses from MITx including the X-Series Certification in Air Vehicle Design; Courses from Harvardx; etc..

Target Program:
Harvard or any one of the top 5 B Schools in the world

Planned Entry
R1 October 2014

Post MBA Goal
Vision is to start a mobility solutions company.


I wish to understand my chances to be accepted in an HBS type of program (Ivy League) and look forward to your most realistic assessment of my profile.
Sincere thanks in advance for your time and effort! And many thanks for offering such a platform for aspirants like us!
Warm Regards
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Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2014, 10:56
Hi Dr. Watts,

Plz evaluate my profile.

Indian Male
GMAT 1 : Q49, V31 - 660, IR 7, AWA 5
GMAT 2 : Q50, V27 - 650, IR 7, AWA 5,
GMAT 3 : Q50, V31 - 690, IR 8

Working experience: 8 years as on 1st June'2014 - 3 years in manufacturing, 3 years in project management, 2 years in Supply Chain Management.

Graduate : Mechanical Engineering
GPA: 7.83 in a scale of 10 (India's top 10 Engineering College)

Other professional course :
Project Mgmt Professional (PMP) from PMI, US
Certified supply chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS, US
Certificate in business accounting by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA),
Six Sigma Green Belt from International Quality Federation.

I want to be in top global MNCs which are in engineering & manufacturing field (such as GE, Exxon MObil, BP, SHELL, GM) and want roles in management grade.
Plz suggest schools that will suit my requirement and what will be my chances at those schools.

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Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2014, 20:53
Profile Evaluation needed.
Following are my details. I am still researching about the MBA colleges.
After MBA, I am interested in working as MC.
Long term goal, Expand family business.


My GMAT score is 710.
Experience 50 months.
Age - 26
I am an engineering graduate in IT from top Indian university National Institute of technology Karnataka.
CGPA - 7.63/10
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2014, 21:39
Just gave my exam yesterday and got 600.
Not shocked as I was getting scores between 580 and 620 in MGMAT and GMATPrep tests.
Last GMATprep i got 670 Q50 V31.

My Experience of GMAT:
I felt that Quant was really easy and similar to GMATPrep. But verbal was tougher than GMATPrep and MGMAT tests.
SC was tricky, CR was the toughest and RC was medium. Just 1 RC was hard, rest 3 were medium.

Although I am planning to retake it in 2 months and apply in R2, but please let me know which schools are mod, ambi, etc. and other than these schools if there is any school which suits my profile and GMAT score.Below is my profile snapshot:

10th: 78%
12th: 85%
B.Tech. : 69%
5.5 years of work exp in IT company(Ranked as 14th in Fortune 500 companies list), headquartered in US.
Male Indian IT Guy
Not associated with any NGO though i run my own website for health awareness and cancer prevention and promote it through facebook.
I used to run my own website and I am an ethical Hacker and used to run my own website for ethical hacking but its closed now. not sure if it will help me or not.
My Target schools are Schulich, University of Illinois Urbana Champaghne, Carlson, Fordham, UIC and Depaul.

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Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2014, 10:56
Hi Dr. Shel,

Please evaluate my profile:
I have taken GRE instead of GMAT.


GRE: 318 (Q163, V155, AWA3.5)
GPA: ~3.8
10th : 85%
12th :82%

My undergrad is engineering in electrical and electronics, I have a 2.8 years of work experience as a Business Technology Analyst in Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. My primary industry has been Healthcare Analytics.

I want to apply to Kelly School of Business for MBA with Business Analytics as my major.
What are my chances of getting in?
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Re: Ask MBA Admit - Dr. Shel Watts [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2014, 14:50
Hi Sir,

My Brief Stats are as follows:

UG: Btech NIT Calicut( Tier 2 Engineering College India ), GPA: 6.95/10, Highest GPA was 8.8/10, Class rank: 17/42, No of Distinctions in class( GPA 8 and above): 8

GMAT, GRE: Yet to give I am contemplating something around 700 or 720.

Actually my story goes as follows..

Before entering college I had to drop a year during my 11th grade because my dad got a transfer to a different part of the country & after completing my 12th grade I again took a year off for the purpose of coaching myself for the prestigious IITJEE exam.Thus as you can seen I was about 20 years old when I entered college.


I graduated from a tier 2 Engineering college in India ( NIT), however I had serious health issues during my first year of college and hence i couldn't attend classes for half of the semester..( I received 6 F grades because of this..).My dad who happens to be a doctor of course treated me, hence I can provide some reasoning for this in my Essays as well as in some recommendation letters from some of my professors who know me quite well. Towards the end of my college I had began to do a bit of financial modelling and with sufficient interest I had taken up my final year thesis with a professor of my college for a financial modelling and optimization project.

I became interested in this field and again took up another 2 finance project under the same professor, all based on higher degrees of financial modelling and optmization ( He is now an Assistant Professor at IIM Indore). Since I needed time to put myself into this track I had to devote near to around 8 months solely for making out these thesis and subsequently publishing them into an International Finance Journal. These 3 projects have now been published.. :-D I have plans also to present them in a national or an international conference.

After 8 months of research in finance i decided to spend some time in doing social cause work and for around another 7 months was actively working for 3 to 4 NGOs in the field of Child rights, Environment protection etc..helping them with fundraising and campaigning. I was also subsequently offered to become a campus ambassador for a micro finance NGO in helping them find investors for the firms operations.( I am presently doing this apart from my full time work)

Thus after 1.5 years after graduation I joined for a job in Dubai at a reputed I bank. My plan further down the lane is to take a one year MS in finance preferably in US course by applying for a sabbatical at my firm. ( partly because it will help me understanding more about finance and also it would help me in offsetting my GPA in UG).

Along the way I have taken CFA level 1 and 2 and FRM level 1 and 2 as well. Also I am planning to take up GRE Math ( apart from GRE and GMAT) as well some UC Berkeley extension courses to help rectify my academics ( prior to my MS In Finance).

My dillema here is take a trade off between taking up an MS in Finance and gaining a substantial boost to my profile in term of academic and other prospects or to use those precious 1 to 1.5 years for work experience since I am already aging quite fast with respect to an MBA application.



Now the point is that i would be around 31 or 32 by the time I have 4 to 5 years of experience. What kind of MBA program should I target for in your opinion? ie to say should I opt for an E MBA or a part time MBA program. Or Can I still make it into top 10 full time programs programs..?

Or can you provide me some guidance in stating what would the ideal thing to do in my case if I am aiming for top 10 MBA programs..?

Hope you can help me out.

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