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Older Applicant - Profile Evaluation Request

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Older Applicant - Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 01:47
I'm 32, have two Masters Degrees in Computer Science (one was because I quit a Ph.D. program early), and about a 3.4-3.5 undergraduate GPA with a major in Mathematics from a top 15 university (depending on how you calculate it). I have about 6 years experience as a software developer and a year as an adjunct professor. I also have a 770 GMAT (I don't remember the exact breakdown but I scored more highly on the verbal). I currently make six figures as a software engineer, but *hate* it, and don't look forward to working my way up the technical management food chain (in my estimation, if I did that, I would have a job that I liked ... on the day that Mini-Me wins the NBA Finals MVP).

I applied to programs last year, but didn't get in anywhere that I wanted to go (semi-regretting that decision). On the other hand, I have been *promoted* to Product Manager (actually, it's more just added responsibility rather than a strict promotion) that gives me some more things that I can talk about in applying this year.

I realize that I am a fairly unique candidate--some would say too old, but I want to go get an MBA from a good school anyway.

Currently, my plan post MBA is to work for a consultancy doing projects at the intersection of business with technology (often referred to as strategic alignment). I have a contact in a small consultancy that does such work and am fairly sure that I could be that with an MBA they would hire me, although I may prefer to shoot for a larger firm first.

I currently work on the West coast but would really rather move to the East coast if possible.

Any help in evaluating my application would be welcome.
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Re: Older Applicant - Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2011, 09:27
Ha! It's amusing how companies can give "promotions" which are essentially "here's more work... for marginally better pay..."

Anyhow, for the kind of jobs you're after post-MBA (i.e. it's more Big4 and less McKinsey/Bain/BCG territory), you don't need to go to a top 8 or even a top 16 school. Not sure where you're based or where you want to be based geographically, but I'd focus on maybe a handful of the top 16 like Ross, Duke, Darden, Haas, UCLA, NYU, Cornell, Yale (choose maybe 2 or 3), as well as a few schools outside the top 16 like Georgetown, Texas, USC, UNC, Tepper, Emory, and so forth (choose 2 or 3). These range of schools should still get you the kinds of jobs you're looking for.

Alternatively, you can always do a part-time or exec MBA at your age -- especially if the money is a big concern (i.e. you're married, have kids, etc).

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Re: Older Applicant - Profile Evaluation Request   [#permalink] 09 Jul 2011, 09:27
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