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Concentration: Finance, General Management
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Please Evaluate My Profile [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2014, 03:43
Hi,

I am planning to apply to Full Time MBA for Fall 2014, mainly Canada and US.

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Indian Male IT Profile
B.Tech in Computer Engineering
Graduation GPA - 7.788/10 (70.09%)
Work Exp: 3 yrs in IT by July 2014
GMAT: 640 (Q 50 V 27) IR 8
Have CWG 2010 volunteer experience
Post MBA Goal: To work in investment banking or as financial adviser.

I prefer to study in Canada and US. I would prefer to work for at least 4-5 years in that country after doing my MBA and may be think to settle there permanently.

I have shortlisted some schools:-

1. University of British Columbia: Sauder (Can apply only in R3 as of now, I can wait if I may have good chances to get admission in R1 Fall 2015)
2. University of Alberta
3. University of Calgary
4. Simon Fraser University
5. University of Victoria
6. Mays Business School, Texas

What are my chances of getting into the above B schools.
Moreover, please advise if I should go for 1 year MBA or 2 year MBA.
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Hello,

I believe you are a competitive applicant at the schools you list – a mix of on-pars and reasonable reaches, as is appropriate.

That said, your planned career transition into finance is challenging (though certainly not impossible). To make a credible, compelling case for the shift, I suggest researching your target industry and potential companies thoroughly, including informational interviews if possible, and later, in your essays, reference this effort, showing your understanding of the industry. This will give the adcom comfort that you are making an informed decision and that you understand how to market yourself to future employers. Along similar lines, I suggest discussing a vision for your goals in your essays, to clearly portray your motivation for this change.

A 2-year program offers the benefit of a summer internship, particularly helpful to career changers. However, if you have contacts at prospective employers, are confident of your ability to network into a job, and/or or just prefer to avoid the economic and time cost, a 1-year program would work. This decision rests on your own preferences and the specifics of your situation.
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