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Career/MBA Advice [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 22:47
Hi;

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree and was hoping to get a few pointers on how I could best spend my next several 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: Career/MBA Advice [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 12:48
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Hello,

Thanks for your inquiry. I would focus on counter-balancing the low undergraduate marks by improving upon your work experience, taking supplemental finance classes and scoring well on the GMAT.
You can definitely plan to re-apply to the top management consulting firms, but if you find you are unsuccessful in the first year, I would focus on moving up within your current firm / industry. You will want to show strong career progression and focus when you apply to business school.

Given your somewhat low marks at University, I would focus on academic areas where you were particularly weak and take supplemental classes at the local university. You’ll want to score very highly in these classes to show positive improvement (so in other words, if you can’t dedicate the time to get close to an A, I wouldn’t invest in taking the class).

To be competitive at the top schools, you’ll definitely want to score well on the GMAT, 700 or above if possible.

Once you’ve gotten those areas under control, you should think about your long-term career goals after business school and start crafting a strong story about how you will use your MBA. If you do that early you can find roles within your company or extracurriculars that back-up your story and begin to differentiate you as a candidate.

Please feel free to follow-up as you get closer to the application process on how specifically you can create a strong application strategy.

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Re: Career/MBA Advice   [#permalink] 12 Nov 2013, 12:48
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