i am planning to apply for the class of 2011. while i am preparing for my gmat i am looking for some help on chosing the schools.
31/Indian male/10 yrs exp (8.5 yrs in team management)/hospitality+ITES/progressive career/lead a team of 120 people across 4 countries/snr mgr-operations. plenty of examples with which i can differentiate my candidature (for eg - handled a strike in my hotel, celeb visits etc)
honestly speaking the only reason i want to do an mba now is to put a structure to my learnings over the last 10 yrs. and also experience a cross cultural environment.
why i didnt do it earlier is because i kept on getting promoted and was given key responsibilities at a fairly young age. didnt want to miss that experience. but now i feel that my learning has slowed down so i feel its the right time to push the peddle.
though my core area is operations, i have done fairly well in a solutions/sales kind of role. also my background in operations gives me that added insight into designing a solution for my client.
currently i am looking at
1) moving to Operations/Strategy consulting
2) sticking to operations post my mba
the above is also after doing research that one should have long term/short term goals ready. to be honest, i have a clue or a basic idea of where i want to be. but i have never been a sort of a person who has planned my future. though most schools require this clarity i find it a bit absurd.
if you ask my long term goal, i want to be an amaterur golfer. but i dont think its a good answer from an employability perspective.
so at this moment i dont have any pref between US/Europe, 1yr/2yr. aim is to get into a top 20 school, rest will follow.
so if anyone can suggest the target schools (or a priority list) for my kind of a background it will help. cos honestly to me all top schools seem the same specially when i see their website. i would like to join all of them.
thanks for reading and thanks for your responses.