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Careeer Advice [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 22:48
Hi;

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree and was hoping to get some pointers on how to best spend my next few years;

Completed B. Eng (Civil) & B Comm (Finance) in June 2013 from one of the top Australian universities, 2nd Class Honors, mediocre marks (GPA 2.8)

Ideally I would like to work for a top consulting firm, however after not getting an interview for MC grad roles beginning 2014 I've started working professionally as an engineer.

I was planning on reapplying for consulting roles over the next few years however if am continuously unsuccessful, I was planning on applying for the business schools after several years engineering experience and using an MBA as a gateway to MC.

If I'm unable to break into MC with my current qualifications, how am I situated to get into a decent business school with several years of engineering experience, the marks that I have, and a hopefully decent GMAT score? Would it be worthwhile studying a Master's while working full time as an engineer, attempting to move to a strategy role in another company, or even heading back to university full time to rectify my sub-par grades? Will I have difficulty transferring into MC from engineering/is it a legitimate concern to get 'stuck' in the field if I work in it for several years?

Any advice is very much appreciated.
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Re: Careeer Advice [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2013, 01:26
I understand you are in a really confused state about doing masters now or MBA few years later.
As you pointed out your GPA is below par, but that’s not the only thing the schools look for in an application. You can compensate it with a great GMAT score, your leadership qualities and extracurricular activities. Focus on your GMAT. That’s the best solution to compensate for your weak GPA.
Between Masters and MBA, I will always prefer MBA. Because, in Masters you will be concentrating on a single field such as finance, etc whereas in an MBA, you will gain knowledge and exposure to different fields and understand how to coordinate between them. You might not become an expert in one field, but you can definitely become a jack of all trades. A concentration in a specific field such as Marketing, Finance, Private Equity, etc is possible. More over an MBA is much respected and valued in every field. So, I would recommend you continue your job, gain a good experience and then apply for an MBA. Remember to improve your leadership qualities and extracurricular roles before applying. Good luck.

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