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Career Advice [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 22:35

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree and was hoping to get some pointers on how to get into a top business school;

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?

Any advice is very much appreciated.
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Re: Career Advice [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 16:49
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One thing you can and should do starting now is to take several classes and earn A’s to create an “alternate transcript” – it can be a class or two at a time while you work, and it needn’t be at a top tier university; a reputable community or local college would suffice. Also prep for the GMAT well in advance and earn a stellar score – you have the time so go for it!

At work, even if in a tech role, take advantage of any opportunity to provide leadership, to make positive impacts, and to engage with business issues and people.

If you do all of these things, you would have a shot at a solid MBA program that would lead to a MC career. The poor undergrad grades will remain a challenge, but if you apply to a good number of MBA programs and do the above things, you’d have a shot at least. And they’re all positive steps that would help your career regardless.

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