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Please evaluate my profile for MBA vs. EMBA [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 05:01
Hello - I would appreciate if you could evaluate my profile and let me know what is the best option (MBA vs. EMBA) for me to meet my career goal.

Background:

1> 33/M from India. After completing my Masters I have been working in US

2> GMAT: I haven't GMAT yet, but I am confident I can get 700+ in GMAT

3> 9+ years of experience in IT (esp. managing Oracle ERP implementation). 5 years with GE as Finance Systems Leader. One year with Accenture as Manager - Oracle ERP. Currently, I am working as Principal (Oracle Functional) in Computer Sciences Corporation. Excellent managerial experience.

4> Masters in Computer Engineering from Florida International University with GPA 3.46

5> Led many volunteering events

6> Current Salary: 145k

Target Schools: Columbia, Wharton, Kellogg's, Booth

Post-MBA Career Goal: Career switch to purely Strategy Consulting. If I do MBA, the biggest challenge I see in my profile is my age and years of experience. However, if I do EMBA, can I switch careers?

Appreciate if you could evaluate my profile for MBA vs EMBA?

Thanks!
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Re: Please evaluate my profile for MBA vs. EMBA [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2011, 09:40
You're in a tough spot: most of the consulting recruiting is directly from the full-time programs; they do hire "industry hires" as they call it (i.e. people directly from industry who are highly experienced in a particular area - which is a possibility for you). But if you want to do consulting, then you really should go for a full-time program, but as you know, given your traditional profile (engineer/IT) and age together -- you're going to be a big stretch for those top schools. Schools such as Ross, Darden, Duke are more in your range.

The other thing to consider is that 80-90% of the people who go into mgmt consulting leave within 2 years. There's a reason why consulting firms hire an army of MBAs, because they have to replace the bucketloads that leave or get let go.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile for MBA vs. EMBA   [#permalink] 26 Aug 2011, 09:40
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