I got 580 in GMAT. I have 2 years of work experience from a Fortune 10 company as Financial analyst (Finance major). I want to gear up my career by getting a masters degree. I am sure MBA may not be a good choice now, considering the fact I have only 2 yrs of work experience, no community service and any leadership experience, even if I retake GMAT and score really well.
As an alternate, I am considering MS Finance/ certification program in computational Finance for career progression and plan to apply for MBA after 3 or 4 years. I think I need to have one strong skill set in one area and later gain management skills by pursuing MBA.
I need your advise. Any inputs, insights, suggestions are greatly appreciated!
THis sounds like a reasonable plan. Keep in mind the following:
1) You still need to improve your GMAT.
2) If you earn a masters in computational finance, you will also need to show when you apply for your MBA why you need both degrees to achieve your professional goals. This should be too difficult, but be aware that you will need to do it.
3) Use this time to get involved in community service and take on leadership roles.
4) Don't wait too long to go for the MBA.
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