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One year program for international students [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2013, 21:32
Hello,

I am planning to apply to some 1 year programs this year.
Now since a 1 year program won't provide me an opportunity of an internship I want to know the possible downsides of this. I have a purely technology background in a renewable energy company and a 6 years of work-ex. Post MBA I want to get into a rotation program or into consulting in energy/ engineering domain. So how difficult it is for international students out of 1 year programs to find a job. Now as I read that 1 year program is suitable for people who don't want to change careers significantly. In my case I am planning to change the function from a purely technology role to strategy role in the same industry. Will it be considered as a significant career change? Moreover, will it be difficult to network within 1 year considering the fact that the course in itself would be quite rigorous? Are companies willing to sponsor visas to students out of 1 year programs in US / Canada?
I hope someone can provide insights into a 1 year program.
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Re: One year program for international students [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 15:41
There are very few one year MBA programs in the US. It is very difficult to evaluate your profile with such little information. I don’t think it will be difficult to get into Canadian schools with your profile.

Regarding career change - though it is slightly easier in your case, it is not a cake walk with a one year MBA. If I were you, I would go for a 2 year MBA. It will open up many opportunities that you might not be even aware. Explore the January intake at INSEAD as well. INSEAD is definitely the best 1 year MBA program in the world. September intake doesn’t have the internship option whereas January intake has a 6 week internship window. London Business School’s MBA can be completed in 15 months. You might want to explore that as well. It will give you an opportunity to do internship as well.

Will it be difficult to network? Yes. As you rightly said, the course is crunched within a short span of time, and you won’t get enough time to do networking compared to a 2 year program. But, you have to make extra effort. MBA is a lot about networking and less about books. You have to balance your assignments and career aspirations.

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Re: One year program for international students [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 18:33
I'm curious why you are considering only 1 year programs? Why limit yourself?

If you are shifting your functional area of focus from IT to strategy, you will find it difficulty if you have no experience (ie - internship) in strategy. It's challenging enough for international students - why make it harder?
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