Maybe I'm a late bloomer, however, I think I finally feel the need to get an MBA. I've been in technology consulting for the last 5 years and have lived in 5 continents while doing that. I'm hoping to switch to Product management and I definitely think an MBA will help me move up the corporate chain faster.
That being said, I'll be leaving behind 6 figure salary. Therefore, I'm thinking of going to B-school only if I get into one of the top 5 schools. Do you guys think that my age will be a factor when I apply to these schools?
Yes. It will be a factor. HBS and Stanford certainly seem to prefer younger applicants, although they both admit those in their mid-30's. MIT and Wharton appear to be friendler to older applicants. But whether you are applying to those schools who prefer young whipper-snappers or those who prefer more seasoned students, you need to make your need for an MBA and post-MBA goals crystal clear. THis is particularly true if you have had a successful career and the schools wonder what could you possibly gain by going to b-school.
For more information, please see "MBA Admissions: Advice for Older Applicants
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