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Affiliations: IIT, Purdue, PhD, TauBetaPi
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Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 17:59
Hi Paul
Thanks for evaluating for my profile. Details below:
Education: PhD 4/4 Purdue Chemical Engg, BTech IIT 9.2/10
Gmat 710 50q37v
Work Ex: 9yrs with oil&gas major: Technical Lead
Ex Curr: Dramatics, Theatre, Writing
Age: 34
I know I am on the older side of candidates and my GMAT isn't truly that great. Can you shed light for Top 10? I am very interested in Finance and would like to be in a Finance+Energy role postMBA. I note that you are very positive in most of your responses but I am concerned about the age in my case and the PhD. Would adcoms be accommodating? Thanks
Mainhoon
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Re: Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 22:55
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Mainhoon,

Thanks for getting straight to your primary concern. I will likewise get right to it:

Your age isn't the issue here, it's the necessity of the MBA and whether it will work for you the way you want it to. Will your work experience/skills + an MBA = the job you want after graduation? Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiters at your desired job. If they interviewed you today, would you be able to land the job (the answer needs to be "no")? If they interviewed you in one year, as a member of the first year class at School X, would you be able to land the job (the answer needs to be "yes")? The MBA needs to be the exact solution to your progression.

The concern with someone 34 years old is not that he is 34 years old ... it's that he's deep into a career path where either the dye has been cast and recruiters in that field aren't going to bite, or the individual in question has already glided past the point where a full-time MBA would be helpful.

If you fit into any of those boxes, you have to think about part-time programs so that you can avail yourself of the knowledge, network, and brand of an elite b school without subjecting yourself to the total excavation that comes about because of the "employability" aspect of full-time programs.

If you don't fit those boxes and you can show a clear need for the MBA at this time, you can be competitive.

Hope this helps.

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti
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Re: Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 08:51
This is a VERY good answer Paul. I have BS in EE and 10 years of progressive IT experience. Now I'm targeting MBA in Private Equity with Turnaround Management focus. What I understand from your post is that even the "total excavation" may not be enough for me to be a sell-able asset with recruiters in Private Equity field. It sounds like as if MBA in IT (my backup plan) would be a much easier selling point since I can't land CTO now but after a year at top MBA school + my mid-level managerial experience in IT would do the trick. What do you think?

thanks, Ilya

P.S. How can I get in touch with you for a consultation?
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Re: Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2010, 17:50
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Ilya,

You've got it. You want to present the most palatable career path possible.

You can email us at consult@amerasiallc.com for an initial consultation. We will then give you scheduling information as well as access to our password-protected client survey. Make sure to include your GMAT Club user name in the subject line so that we can easily spot it.

Look forward to helping you out.

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