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I am soon to be 35, and would like to know what my chances are to make it into a 2-year MBA program. I have a Masters degree in Transportation Engg. and 11 years experience at a single company in transportation consulting, product management and business development. For over the last five years, I have also been active with a non-profit, spending close to 15+ hours each week, gradually taking up bigger roles in the organization.
I am very confident that I can bring a ton of value to my class through discussions, case studies from my background and experience working in the multi-modal freight transportation industry (public and private sector projects, mergers, rate disputes, data analyses). I am very hardworking and a team player. Not sure if my minority background (Indian female) is a plus or not.
Although I am deeply interested in a range of topics from Astronomy, Atheism, Logic, Neuroscience, Psychology and Social dynamics, I do not have formal training or demonstrable achievements in any of these fields.
Looking back, I wish I had considered the MBA route more seriously before, but I also know that I am ready now, not before. I am extremely happy with what I do, and wish to stay within the freight transportation realm, while possibly expanding to supply chain. However, I am eager to learn some new skills on problem-solving and strategic planning that will help me join shippers/carriers/logistics companies and add value to their bottom line. My short-term career goals after graduation are to become either (A) Director of Transportation at Shipper/Manufacturer, or (B) consultant/advisor for a transportation/logistics provider or (C) Operations Manager at a Transportation Carrier.
I have a good network of contacts within the transportation industry and hence will not be completely relying on the program's recruitment services, although I hope to gain from their services for job application preparation.
EMBA is not an option for me because my employer will not sponsor. I am looking at either a one-year or two-year program - for which I will either take a student loan, or sell my home.
I am fairly certain that I will get a 700+ GMAT score.
Could someone please let me know if I am setting myself for disappointment due to my age (combined with not having enough achievements for my age), or whether my goals are achievable?
Will greatly appreciate some advice. Thank you for your time.
While it's not impossible for you to make it into a top business school programs, it will be much harder for you.
I think that if there's a will, there's a way and if this is truly what you want now (and know why you want it), start looking at some schools that will help you get to where you want to be. All schools publish their employment data, with most schools publishing top employers. See if there are any employers on anyone's list that you may fancy working for. With some luck, it's definitely doable. (And remember, sometimes things just don't work out as you planned not because of a lack on your part, but simply a more risk-aversed adcom reads your application)
One thing I'm a bit confused about is your saying of EMBA. You don't want to attend EMBA because your company doesn't sponsor it. Can't you still go for it by taking out a loan? Pardon my inexperience in the EMBA path but I thought you could still take out loans to cover for your tuition in the EMBA route. (Finances aside, I do think an EMBA will benefit you with a much higher return than you'd benefit from a tradition fulltime MBA)
Thank you. I appreciate your quick response and will take your suggestion to consider EMBA programs.
When I mentioned that my employer would not sponsor, I not only meant financially but also letting me take time off from work each week for classes. I typically work 50+ hours a week, and am not sure if I can fit it into 4 days.
Perhaps I should look into schools offering Saturday classes such as the Columbia-Berkeley EMBA program, or find a way to work out a deal with my employer.