>> Any safety schools that you recommend?
I could take the easy way out by recommending a few schools and wishing you good luck. But with your permission, I'd like to probe you a little more.
For second MBA applicants, things aren't as straightforward (I know that's a grossly inappropriate adjective, but we are speaking in relative terms here) as it is for the 'regular' candidates.
In your last MBA course, you've already gone through the rigours. You know the theory and the concepts involved in finance, marketing, strategy etc etc. And you still want to go for a second degree. So Adcoms will look for a solid justification from you for choosing this route again.
Your engineering grades are great, your work-ex sound pretty good (two promotions in 3 years isn't too shabby, sir), you have international experience, team leading exposure and the GMAT is strong. All the nice things that adcoms look for.
But if you still haven't got an invite from the earlier applications, you might to take some time out to introspect.
Is it you profile or is it your story-line? Do your explanations and your essays sound convincing? Are you sure you aren't repeating the exact same approach for Duke and Columbia?
You might want to re-consider your post-MBA goals. Management Consulting firms usually hire MBAs at the Associate level. Do you think you'd be a good fit for mainstream strat consulting or should you look at something like tech consulting? Are you open to considering other avenues?
Btw, considering your age and your qualifications, shouldn't you have close to 7 years work-ex? Anything that I'm missing here? If you don't want to disclose it on a public forum, let me know offline.
Happy to continue this discussion if you find it useful.Sameer
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