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i am kinda get stuck with my career and thinking about MBA. I am becoming 30 this year. My biggest concern is that I don't have a great working experience in a big Company. I only worked for small retail company (less than 20 employees) in a small town for 6 years.
Would you please take a look at my profile and give me some advice?
here is my profile:
Education Background: I moved to united stated from china when i was 17 and attended 2 years of high school here. then i attended State U of NY in Binghamton, graduate with BS in Computer Science. My GPA was 2.9 (maybe 3.0, kinda forgot already...)
Work Experience: after graduation, i worked as an IT consultant in a small retail company (the company has 6 stores and less than 20 employee).I started to learn more about the business side of the company, and get involved in the management team. After one year, i was promoted as an assistant manager of the company. After another two years, i was promoted as the general manager of the company, directly under the business owner. So far I worked there for 6 years. It is a small company, so i was involved in many different area such as operation, marketing, HR, etc. However, because i don't have a solid academic background in business management, i was just learning things myself as i work.
Extra-cirricular: Back in my college years, I was the guitarist, music coordinator and band leader in a christian fellowship's music team. I am also a part-time photographer.
Why MBA: Because the company i worked for was so small, and the fact that I don't have solid business management knowledge, i kinda get stuck in the career path. I am hopping by getting into MBA program, i can learn the solid knowledge, and able to have a career change.
GMAT: I am still preparing for GMAT. I am pretty sure i can al least get 700, hopefully 730.
Language: Fluent in english and Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese)
Question: 1. I don't have a great undergrad GPA, and i don't have a impressive working experience in some big company. With a GMAT of 700, what kind of B-school can i get in? top 30? top 50? or not even?
2. i really like McCombs, because of their dual degree program. Do i have any chance getting in?
3. If i am applying school like McCombs, is there a big difference between a GMAT score of 700, 720 or 730?
Honestly, I think if you do a good job selling your work experience, you have a shot at a Top 15, certainly no worse than top 30. First, I would take a few business related classes to build an alternate transcript. You've been out of school for a while, which helps distance you from your GPA, but I think you're still close enough that you should make the investment. Intro to accounting is probably a good start.
It seems you're worried about not working in a large company, but the truth is that a lot of those jobs suck. Will it impact future hiring prospects? Yeah, I mean you're probably not going to land with MBB, but neither will a lot of other people. Overall, you've seen and done far more than most people who have a relatively narrow job function, and to me, that's a great advantage. The only sore spot in your application, assuming a 700+ GMAT, is your UGPA. An alternate transcript, great recs, and your clear progression at work are good offsets here.
Next biggest thing for you to do is craft a compelling story about how and why a MBA is important to your career progression.
Hope that helps!
Re: Is an MBA right for me?
09 Jan 2012, 08:53