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need help [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2006, 23:42
HI...This is my first post..so i'm sorry if its too long !

I have some doubts..It would be great if anybody could clear my doubts..

I'm 25 currently working in IT in India. I'm planning to apply for
FALL 2007.

I am interested in going into Finance/Banking sector post-MBA ( although i do not have much previous experience in finance). But i have a good calculus and maths background.

I'm looking for MBA as a career change..

By the time i'll be applying (Dec 2006) i'll have the following:

- GMAT score of 700
- F/T work exp. of 2 years post M.S (in 3 companies) in IT including some time in USA
- part-time exp. as Teaching Assistant for 2 years
- M.S (Done in USA)
- Bachelor's from one of THE top universities in India (non-Computer science degree)
- professional certifications in job related areas (IT)
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 (it was not bad for our department)
- graduate GPA of 3 (although 3.5 in relavent courses to my Job)

Extra Curriculars:
- Very competent in various sports & games (have the necessary certificates) at both undergraduate and graduate level
- involved in working with NGO in india
- worked as a secretary during undergraduation

MY QUESTIONS :

1) Will my part-time experience as a teaching assistant will be of any use while applying ? (as i have only 2 years of F/T exp.)

2) will my M.S degree be taken into consideration (as most applicants have an average job experience of 5 years)

3) Since i do not have Finance Background, do i stand any chance of getting admitted into Top 10-30 ranked schools ?

4) How do I go about approaching the application process-what holes do I need to plug, what aspects of the application should I consider and what should I be emphasising on my application?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2006, 08:14
Hi Km77,

First of all congrats for your good score.

1) Will my part-time experience as a teaching assistant will be of any use while applying ? (as i have only 2 years of F/T exp.)

In MBA application everything is of some use; it will depend on how well u can incorporate your experiences in application.

2) will my M.S degree be taken into consideration (as most applicants have an average job experience of 5 years)

I think M.S. degree would definetely give you an edge, but I don't think it will compensate for work-ex. Anyway, most of the schools offer admissiond to ppl with 2 years of work ex, so in my opinion it must not be the point of too much concern.

3) Since i do not have Finance Background, do i stand any chance of getting admitted into Top 10-30 ranked schools ?

It will again depend on your reasons for career shift. You will have to show profound interest in finance; and moreover, will have to supplement this interest with real world understanding of finance. If u have been involved with finance related projects in your present work, it will certainly help in strengthening your case.
Btw, once get admitted into a school you can choose any specialisation, no matter what have u written in ur application.

4) How do I go about approaching the application process-what holes do I need to plug, what aspects of the application should I consider and what should I be emphasising on my application?

In my opinion, first of all you should get involve in some community work again. Second, make a list of all colleges you r interested in, scrtutinise their sites, and gather more information about schools from forums, like gmatclub, and talk to some present & ex students of those schools. Third, check out this year's essay questions of those schools and start preparing ur responses.

If you have any other question, feel free to post here. If u wish u can send ur essays, atleast career objectives, to me.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 06:40
thanks for the feedback shailendra
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